"Despite political shifts,
solar decision expected by year’s end in
A proposal to limit incentives for homeowners is likely strengthened in wake of state and federal election results.
Clean-energy advocates in Maine are seeking a path forward to save a controversial financial incentive for rooftop solar panels, following an election that might make it harder to overcome opposition from Gov. Paul LePage.
Generating power at home has broad public interest in Maine, for reasons that range from cutting electric costs to fighting climate change. Installing solar panels also creates jobs, and could bring economic activity to rural areas hit by factory closures. But LePage and others say solar homeowners are receiving a subsidy from the majority of electric customers who don’t have panels, and question why the industry still needs financial support when equipment prices have fallen sharply. ......