Saturday, April 11, 2015

Commission Takes Action Toward Customer-Produced Solar Power

Commissioner Brandon Presley announced a major step forward for solar electricity generation in Mississippi. With a unanimous vote, the Public Service Commission voted to move ahead with “net metering” and “interconnection” rules and solicited public comment on the issue. The rules would establish a framework by which electric customers can produce their own electricity with solar panels and would allow customers who produce more electricity than they need for themselves to sell their excess power to the utility company.

“I am bound and determined that the Public Service Commission be active, alert and on the lookout for ways to help Mississippians save money. Net metering is one way to do that,” Presley said.

Late last year, the Commission received the results of an independent consultant’s study of customer production and resale of solar electricity in Mississippi. The report confirmed that Mississippi would likely see benefits from a Commission rule on the issue. The Commission asks that comments from stakeholders be submitted by July 1, 2015 to ensure quick action.

For more information regarding solar power contact the Mississippi Public Service Commission at 1-800-356-6428 or online at