Today, Friday, April 29, the Legislature will consider whether to override the governor’s veto of L.D. 1649, the solar bill. This critical piece of legislation if passed will dramatically increase the number of solar installations and grow our base of jobs here in Maine by up to 600.

The governor based his veto decision on an old, worn-out myth that electric ratepayers end up paying for solar expansion. This is simply not accurate. Private individuals pay for and install solar panels. Solar installations actually cut down on the amount of infrastructure that utility companies have to install thus saving ratepayers money.

We are asking Rep. Gary Hilliard, R-Belgrade, and Rep. Tim Theriault, R-China to reconsider their votes against the solar bill. There are hundreds of jobs at stake. At the time of the last vote there was a lot of misinformation floating around about the costs and benefits of the bill. Please make sure you have reliable, complete information about the bill so you can reconsider your position and act in Maine’s best interest.

Chuck Piper

owner, Sundog Solar

Searsport