Fact: Solar grid customers pay more than their fair share to support the grid. Taxing solar only makes energy more expensive for everyone.

Myth: Rich solar grid customers force the poor to pay more than their fair share to maintain the electric grid.

The Fallacy Explained:

According to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, utilities have falsely asserted that customers saving money with solar are costing them. Instead, solar customers have been providing benefits far beyond what they’re compensated for. The following chart shows the relationship between the value of solar energy and the retail electricity rate (the price per kilowatt-hour solar customers receive for their solar energy). In every state where the value of solar was calculated by an independent entity, the value was greater than the utilities provided for solar energy.

Residential Rates

Image Source: Institute for Local Self-Reliance

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