Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid.  If the home is net-metered, the electricity meter will run backwards to provide a credit against what electricity is consumed at night or other periods where the home’s electricity use exceeds the system’s output.

Net metering allows residential and commercial customers who generate their own electricity from solar power to feed electricity they do not use back into the grid.

Many states have passed net metering laws. In other states, utilities may offer net metering programs voluntarily or as a result of regulatory decisions. Differences between states’ legislation and implementation mean that the benefits of net metering can vary widely for solar customers in different areas of the country.

Links to Local Solar Resources:

  • Solar Kentucky
  • Kentucky Solar Energy Society
  • Kentucky Solar Energy Industries Association


“The Net Metering Fight,” Climate Nexus

“Rethinking Standby and Fixed Cost Charges”

Recent State Legislation: 

Kentucky’s Local Solar Industry Under Assault by Utilities: Solar Jobs at Risk from HB 227, a bill that would have fundamentally change net metering laws. KCC and allies were able to stop this bill in 2018 and 2017.
In February 2017, Kentuckians defeated an attempt by utilities to end net metering and undermine Kentucky’s emerging solar industry. In 2018 there was a second attempt, manifested in HB 227.
Latest Actions You Can Take on HB227 on KCC’s Action Alerts page
Note that fossil fuel industry front groups have been assisting the utilities in spreading misleading information about net metering. (Such as this Op-Ed from Brydon Ross of the Consumer Energy Alliance). We appreciate thoughtful editorials such as the one from the board of the Herald-Leader to set the record straight.
Watch KCC’s Action Alerts page for updates and subscribe to our Alert emails.
What you can do:
1.      Watch for new KCC action alerts  to show your opposition to HB 227 and support for Kentucky’s local solar industry.
2.      Call the Legislative Message Line at 1-800-372-7181 and leave a message for the full House that you oppose rollbacks to net metering.
3.      Go to the Capitol to lobby legislators in-person. Lobbyists for the Kentucky Conservation Committee will be at the Capitol to assist citizens who wish to meet with their legislators on this bill, and will provide you additional information. Please contact KCC at 502-209-9659 or email KCC if you wish to meet legislators in person on this bill.
4.      Check out KCC’s Alert Page for additional information on this bill.
TALKING POINTS ON HB227 (2018 session)
  • HB 227 is a job killer
  • HB 227 is anti-customer, anti-free market, anti-small business
  • HB 227 would smother Kentucky’s emerging solar industry, resulting in thousands of job losses and billions of dollars of lost investment.
  • HB 227 fails to account for the benefits customer-owned solar provides to ratepayers, the utilities, and the public at large
  • HB 227 will discourage corporate investment