Solar Industry Applauds Gov. Daytons Veto, Urges Him to Keep Anti-Consumer Provisions Out of Final Bill | Forum

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the national solar energy
association commended Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton for
protecting consumers and a quickly growing solar
industry in the state. The measure (SF 1937) would
have removed solar customers’ ability to have unfair fees
reviewed by independent experts at the Public Utilities
Commission.
As budget negotiations continue today, Sean Gallagher,
the Solar Energy Industries Association’s vice president
of state affairs, offered the following statement:
“We applaud Governor Dayton for vetoing this bill that
would have removed critical consumer protection
measures for Minnesota residents and eliminated the
Made in Minnesota solar manufacturing program. Solar
energy is a rapidly-growing industry in Minnesota that’s
creating local jobs, strengthening the economy, and
providing clean, affordable energy.
Fortunately, the Governor has continually recognized the
value that solar offers to the state. We urge Gov. Dayton
to veto any bill that includes these anti-consumer
measures. Now’s the time to continue the state’s
impressive solar growth, not hold it back.”
The budget debates come as solar has grown 80 percent
in the state in the first quarter of 2017, according
to reports, after skyrocketing last year. Nearly 340
megawatts (MW) of the current 440 MW installed in the
state were added in 2016. Meanwhile, solar jobs grew 44
percent year over year.
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