hasn't solar power caught on in Louisiana? Are we that backwards
of a state? Are we different than other states?
have an abundance of sunshine so that's not it. We are fairly close
to the equator so that's not it either. We have universities churning
out educated people so there is no lack of knowledge. We even have
neighbors to our west (Texas) that are active in solar power to guide us
but we just can't get going.
First let's look
at the incentives for using solar power from the State of Louisiana .
Zero, zip, nothing. That's right! There are none. Take a look
at the incentives that other states have,
Database of State
Incentives for Renewable Energy.
are only 12 states that do not offer incentives and we are among these.
Even Mississippi at least offers loans for the purchase of RE equipment.
let's look at the laws on "Net Metering". Net Metering allows the
consumer to install small grid-connected RE systems to reduce their electric
bills. This allows excess electricity produced by the RE system to
be returned to the grid using the existing electric meter. The advantage
to net metering is the ability to produce and use RE without storing excesses
in expensive batteries. To insure safety new inverters comply with
the National Electric Code (NEC) and all nationally recognized codes and
standards. Here is a list of the states that have net metering,States
with net metering.
There are 30 states that allow net metering
and Louisiana is not one of them. Surprised?
what can we do? The Louisiana Solar Energy Society members can contact
their individual state representatives with this information and encourage
them to pass the necessary legislation.