Maine’s top court hears challenge to new rules that reduce solar incentives

Portland Press Herald

Tony Buxton presented a legal challenge to the new rules opponents say will reduce incentives for homeowners to install solar power systems.

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Tony Buxton, the lawyer representing the Conservation Law Foundation, said the state Public Utilities Commission's plan to reduce the credit for excess energy that's put back into the power grid by home solar generators amounts to a fee. And that fee is imposed on those who draw less electricity from the grid while providing electricity for other users. 

"This is like our grocers charging us for the vegetables we grow in our own gardens," he told the justices.