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7/4/2018 5:11:00 PM
Richmond Common Council votes down proposed new solar power rules

Jason Truitt, Palladium-Item

RICHMOND — An audience of solar power supporters that filled Council Chambers on Monday night got what it was looking for when Richmond Common Council members voted down proposed changes to the city's ordinance regarding net metering.

The vote brought a temporary end to discussions that began a month ago about the ordinance that would have made changes to how Richmond Power & Light handles those customers who use solar panels to generate more power than they need to use themselves.

Solar power supporters turned out in force for last month's public hearing on the matter, saying the new rules were likely to discourage more people from installing solar panels at their homes.

Under the current rules adopted in November 2010, customers who generate excess power are given a one-to-one credit for each kilowatt hour produced more than what they need for their own homes.

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