TVA, Help the Homeowner Afford Solar for their Homes
Homeowners deserve a higher feed-in tariff. Homeowners do not have the tax benefits of business owners, then restore the 12 cent feed-in tariff for home systems 10 kilowatts or less.
I was personally disappointed by the change in the TVA solar feed-in tariff changes recently announced. More so that TVA did not make a provision for the homeowner who wants a solar system on their roof with a size less than 10 kilowatts.
I do not understand the reluctance of TVA to follow the examples of other large utilities that have made solar more accessible to the average homeowner. My recommendation is to create a class of solar limited to 10 kilowatts or less and process the request on a fast-track basis.
We want to preserve the accountability and excellence in the installations to prevent damage to the home or problems for the utility, but having a qualified installer perform or supervise the installation would alleviate potential difficulties.
Have a one page request that would be travel the same route as the other, higher power applications but process these small installations faster. Local permitting should be less expensive and take less time to approve.
Most importantly, since homeowners do not have the tax benefits of business owners, then restore the 12 cent feed-in tariff for this class of application.
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