Maine Governor Signs Solar Energy Bill

New law overturns LePage’s regressive gross metering policy

Rooftop solar panels on a barn in Maine

April 2, 2019 (PORTLAND, ME) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to Maine Governor Janet Mills’ signing of a new solar energy bill. The bill, LD 91, undoes the regressive gross metering policy that charged unfair fees to residents and businesses that installed solar panels. The bill signed today will make it easier and cheaper for Mainers to invest in solar energy.

“Mainers have a right to affordable, clean energy,” said Emily Green, Staff Attorney at CLF. “Strong solar policy helps create jobs, protects our environment, and can lower our energy bills. This bill puts the interests of residents and businesses first, and clears the way for Maine’s clean energy future.”

CLF experts are available for further comment.