Mississippi expands net-metering program, adds $3,000 solar rebate
On January 18, the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) issued its updated Net Metering and Interconnection Rules. The new rules expand the grid metering program, improve total reimbursement rates for solar customers, and prioritize the application of solar power for low-to-middle-income (LMI) customers.
The net meter fee remains fixed at 2.5 cents/kWh, but now allows an unlimited number of low-income customers who are at or below 250% of the federal poverty line to receive an additional 2 cents/kWh for solar energy. energy.
The committee also introduced a new upfront discount to remove more barriers to solar adoption. Any investor-owned utility company must offer a one-time cash discount of $3,000.00 to any private residential customer who purchases a renewable distributed energy project between 3 kW and 6 kW in size and is required, at least in part, to be self-sufficient. used.
As for large-scale solar, the commission notes in the order that it plans to establish a separate regulatory process to jump-start the state’s community solar market. It is also initiating a program to help schools use solar energy through PPAs and other structures.
“We commend the Mississippi Public Service Commission for updating grid metering rules and expanding access to solar energy in Mississippi. The grid metering program now covers Mississippi households that are 250% of the federal poverty line and below, which will help even more Mississippians experience the cost-saving benefits of solar,” Will Giese, SEIA’s Southeast Regional Director, said in a statement. “We are disappointed that the Public Service Commission has not offered the full retail grid metering fee, the order will advance Mississippi’s solar policy, and SEIA will continue to advocate for simple and smart policies that will grow the solar industry.”