February 08, 2019

At Newfields Solar Array Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Senator Hassan Highlights Importance of Renewable Energy to New Hampshire’s Environment and Economy

Senator Hassan Reintroduced Legislation This Week to Strengthen Net Metering in New Hampshire and Across the Country

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Senator Hassan attends ribbon-cutting ceremony for 216-panel solar array in Newfields.

NEWFIELDS – Senator Maggie Hassan today joined in cutting the ribbon for a 216-panel solar array for the Town of Newfields, where she emphasized the importance of investing in innovative, renewable energy in order to build a more affordable and reliable clean energy future for New Hampshire and the country. The Senator also highlighted the importance of renewable energy to creating jobs and supporting the economy.

“Climate change is a real and significant threat to our economy, environment, natural resources, and way of life,” Senator Hassan said. “To combat this threat, we must all come together to build a more diverse, reliable, and affordable clean energy future for our state and that’s exactly what this new solar array represents. This project was supported by New Hampshire’s Renewable Energy Fund, which I was proud to help create during my time in the State Senate, and I will continue supporting such efforts in the U.S. Senate. I reintroduced the NET METER Act this week to help support solar energy, which helps lower energy bills for hard-working Granite Staters and Americans, and I’ll keep working to find innovative solutions to protect our environment.”

Senator Hassan reintroduced legislation this week that would support the expansion of solar energy, helping lower energy bills for people and increasing the country’s energy independence, by providing recommendations on best practices for expanding net metering. Net metering allows consumers and businesses who generate some or all of their own electricity, particularly through wind and solar energy technology, to be compensated for the excess energy that they provide to the electric grid and other customers. The legislation would help provide valuable guidance and insight to states trying to establish or expand net metering program. Last week, Senator Hassan spoke on the Senate floor about the very real and harmful impacts of rising sea levels on New Hampshire’s economy and Seacoast, and the urgent need to take action to combat such harmful impacts of climate change.

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