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The Vermont legislature has voted to increase the state's solar net-metering cap from 4% of a utility's peak load to 15%. The bill is now bound for Gov. Peter Shumlin's desk.

The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), a coalition of rooftop solar installers, notes that net metering allows customers with on-site solar to use the energy they generate themselves and then receive full retail credit for any surplus electricity sent back to the grid.

"This major net-metering expansion was the result of utilities working alongside the local solar industry and our customers to craft good policy and set a national example," says Andrew Savage, director of communications and public affairs at Vermont-based AllEarth Renewables, a solar tracker manufacturer. "The policy reflects the real value solar provides and shows that Vermont's local utilities are listening to what customers want and need."

"Vermont's decision sends the clear message that rooftop solar delivers benefits to utilities, the grid and all ratepayers," comments Bryan Miller, president of TASC and vice president of public policy at residential solar provider Sunrun.

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