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Letter: Don’t hastily change solar metering

Employees of SUNation install solar panels at a

Employees of SUNation install solar panels at a residential home in Smithtown, Oct. 15, 2015. Credit: Johnny Milano

Solar power is one of the fastest-growing industries and a job-creation tool [“Loss of net metering would be a setback for solar power,” Letters, May 8]. Any effort to modify net-metering rules needs to be carefully evaluated.

Nevada recently changed net metering laws, killing a growing industry and retroactively penalizing people who chose to be part of the global energy solution.

As a solar installer, I believe that local solar owners will not lie down quietly. In the early days, people went solar for purely environmental reasons. As costs came down, the return on investment drove our industry.

Now, solar is mainstream, and solar owners produce energy when the grid needs it most. Long Island just surpassed 30,000 solar installations. We offset the need for additional power plants and expensive peak power purchases. We’re entitled to the benefits of our investment, and the small impact to grid maintenance is more than offset by our positive contribution.

Scott Maskin, Ronkonkoma

Editor’s note: The writer is the chief executive of SUNation Solar Systems.