JACKSON- The Attorney General Jim Hood announced the creation of the Consumer’s Guide to Solar Power in Mississippi at his office in downtown Jackson Wednesday.
Back in December of 2015 the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) issues a rule to allow net metering in the state. Net metering is when individual utility customers use solar panels or other renewable energy generators can sell their excess power back to power companies. That energy can be put back on the power grid.
“Renewable energy—including solar power—can be beneficial to the environment while providing a costs savings for the consumer,” Attorney General Hood said. “It is critical to determine whether the investment for the renewal energy in a solar system is the right choice for your home or business. This guide offers tips and resources to help make that determination.”
The AG’s office is part of the Mississippi Net Metering Working Group (Working Group). Created under the Order Adopting Net Metering Rule it considers and addresses consumer protection and safety standards.
The Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office developed the guide with input from the Working Group and other stakeholders. The guide is a product of an ongoing multi-sector effort to protect consumers in this new arena, and the office appreciates all of the feedback received.
“Our neighboring states have experienced problems with licensing of solar contractors, so we want to be sure our office provides help and guidance to consumers in our state when making decisions in their solar installation,” General Hood said. “We tried to do this by way of legislation, but because that was tied up in the Capitol, we have produced this guide as a resource.”
Solar panels on a home or business could potentially help reduce electric bills, contribute to saving the environment, and increase the value of the property. For more information and for a copy of the guide, go to www.agjimhood.com.