To hear utility companies tell it, rooftop solar power is an existential threat to baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie. Oh, and one more thing — utility company profits. Wave after wave of reports written by so-called researchers who are paid by the utility industry would have us believe that rooftop solar endangers everyone’s access to electrical power and that people with rooftop systems are placing an unfair burden on those who don’t have solar panels on their roof. A new report from Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center proves that residential solar power benefits the community in ways the utility companies don’t want you to know about.
Entitled Shining Rewards: The Value of Rooftop Solar Power for Consumers and Society (2016 edition), the report was recently made public by Nicole Steele from GRID Alternatives, Jon Rosa from Fuel Fund of Maryland, and Mirrel Simms, a home owner with a rooftop solar system. They were joined by Anna Hofmann of Environment Maryland. “Solar power provides tremendous benefits to Maryland’s environment and all electric customers,” said Hofmann. “We should be encouraging even more solar, in order to reduce pollution and lower energy costs.”