A fight over net metering for Indiana solar power users just got a lot more interesting, after the ‘yes’ side took on an unlikely ally–the Christian Coalition of America. The Washington Post reports that the head of the Christian Coalition wrote a blog post in favor of solar energy and the Indiana fight to allow solar producers to sell their power back to the grid and lower their energy bills.
A total of 43 states and the District of Columbia currently allow net metering, but Indiana is deeply divided over the issue. Many groups, including the state chapter of the NAACP and TUSK (Tell Utilities Solar won’t be Killed) are in favor of net metering. Those opposed include the Indiana Energy Association and Republican Rep. Eric Koch, who is sponsoring a bill that could change how net metering works in Indiana.
The Washington Post reports that solar energy is set to take off in the state, and some of the most interesting early adopters are church groups, with solar panels popping up on church rooftops throughout the state. Roberta Combs, president of the markedly conservative Christian Coalition of America supported the struggle for net metering in her blog post, entitled “For God and Country, Indiana and America Need Better Energy Policies.”
“Indiana’s utilities are interested in keeping us reliant on traditional fuel sources that hurt our national security and weaken our economy,” Combs wrote. “We must allow homes, businesses, public organizations, and churches to create local, American power by installing solar.
“As conservatives, we stand up for our country’s national security and the health of our economy. And, as Christians, we recognize the biblical mandate to care for God’s creation and protect our children’s future.”
Via Washington Post