Although Mississippians will be manufacturing solar panels at Stion in Hattiesburg, they will find it difficult to use the company’s products at home unless the state Public Service Commission adopts a uniform net-metering policy.
Stion touts its residential products on its website: “Stion’s panels can help you save money on your electricity bill, gain energy independence and increase your property’s re-sale value. Stion panels can offset high peak electricity rates …”
Net metering programs enable customers to generate their own electricity, connect into a utility’s transmissions grid, and receive retail prices from a utility for excess power. The Commission already has a rule in place regarding net metering, but uniform utility standards have not been created.