RGJ 04/15, Letter to the editor

As someone employed in the booming Nevada solar power industry, I'm excited about the projects I see coming to fruition every day. Thanks to strong leadership from Governor Sandoval, Nevada is now the third-fastest growing solar PV state in the country and supports 5,900 jobs. It's exciting stuff moving Nevada in the right direction, yet today I'm concerned that our state Legislature might put future progress in jeopardy, including the many economic benefits that come from solar power.

The situation is that if Nevada doesn't eliminate or expand its cap on solar net metering - a fundamental policy that allows homes, schools, churches and businesses to get fair credit for their excess solar power - we could lose our forward momentum. People like me could even lose our jobs if the governor and Legislature fail to expand net metering.

By capping net metering, Nevada would jeopardize solar PV growth, and the energy choice for homeowners and small businesses it provides, not to mention associated existing and future jobs. Instead, I urge Governor Sandoval and Nevada's Legislature to lift the net metering cap, thereby encouraging a growing industry, which is saving Nevadans money on their power bills and which they strongly support.

Steve Bethlenfalvay, Reno