Kaysville City puts a moratorium on energy credit for new rooftop solar customers

KAYSVILLE, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Residents in Kaysville who wish to put solar panels on their home are learning they're not going to be receiving credits for excess electricity they create, at least not for now. Recently the Kaysville City Council agreed to put a six month moratorium on net metering for new solar installations. 

Thanks to his solar array Kaysville resident John Loveless has a net zero home. Loveless explains, "Over the period of an entire year you consume the same amount of energy that your solar panels are making." Meaning his electricity bills at the end of the year are essentially zero. 

Kaysville City Power is concerned that residents like Loveless, who create their own electricity, leave other power users to pick up the cost of maintaining the power system. Bruce Rigby of Kaysville Power tells ABC 4 News, "They're producing power during the middle of the day and enough power where they're producing more than they're using and not paying anything to keep the general basic costs, operation maintenance costs."

Rigby says Kaysville Power just wants to ensure non-solar users aren't subsidizing the solar customers.
   
Net metering ensures every killowatt of power solar users create, and don't use, goes back to the grid and then gives them an equal credit. Of Kaysville's 8,900 power users only 50 have solar arrays, but the power company claims that number could soon soar. Ridgy claims Kaysville Power is getting 2 to 3 calls a week of people interested in going solar. So, the council agreed and put a six month moratorium on net metering for any new solar customers while they figure out a fair agreement.

Mark Treu was one of those potential new solar power customers. Treu just moved with his family back to Utah. He planned on putting a solar installation on his new home, but without net metering he says he can't afford the nearly $20,000 cost. "Without a net metering agreement in place it makes it significantly more difficult to put together the financial means to do a solar panel installation in the next year and a half," said Treu.

Loveless agrees without a net metering agreement it wouldn't pay for anyone to install solar panels on their home. "Suppose you put solar panels on your house and you made 30 kilowatt hours a day. Yet during that time it's making 30 your house is only using 5, the other 25 will be given back to the power company for free and you'll never get those back."

The moratorium went into effect on july 1st, and will sunset in six months. Kaysville City Mayor Steve Hiatt tells ABC 4 News he will ensure the city comes up with a net metering agreement that works for everyone.

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