New Hampshire Senate passes bill to double net metering cap

Yesterday the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill 19-4 to double the state’s cap on net-metered solar PV installations to 100 MW, from 50 MW. H1116 passed the New Hampshire House of Representatives a month ago, and Governor Maggie Hassan (D) has stated that she plans to sign the bill.

The 100 MW cap is more aggressive than a previous bill passed by the Senate, which would have only raised the cap to 75 MW. The bill also directs the state’s regulators to develop a new program to compensate distributed PV system owners after the 100 MW is reached.

The 100 MW of available capacity will be split among the service areas of the state’s three investor-owned utilities. The current 50 MW cap was reached in the service area of utility Eversource in January, and local installers have stated that they were forced to lay off employees as a result.

This progress in New Hampshire came the same day that a bill in was passed in Massachusetts which will also raise net metering caps, in this case by 3% of electric load. However, the Massachusetts bill also cuts compensation for larger private PV systems.