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 Life, Liberty, and the Continued Pursuit of Energy Independence

Let’s dive into an opinion piece from none other than HPE’s very own Gene KellyHis stance on the utilities mirrors our collective viewpoint here, and we genuinely hope that it resonates with you as well.

This year we celebrate America’s 247th year of independence. It feels odd that we still need to fight for basic individual rights. But when it comes to energy independence that is exactly what we’ve been doing, and without major changes we can expect a fight for our independence to create our own electricity on our own property for years to come.

It is undeniable that under the current system, utility companies have exclusive control over the supply or trade of energy (a monopoly). With the implementation of NEM 3, utility operators have put the interests of their shareholders first; our environment, our property rights, economy, and the grid itself come second to their profits. It is crucial now more than ever to pair solar systems with batteries. Not only does this allow homeowners to reap the benefits of the energy they generate, it also supports the grid by making the power sources less centralized and easing the burden on transformers – a single source of failure. In essence, this makes the power more local and reliable.

We express our deepest gratitude to all who have played a personal role in fostering the sustainable growth of solar energy production and energy independence. Your individual contributions truly have had a profound impact. But we need to keep up the fight. We can stay persistent in our efforts by writing letters to our governor and voting for candidates who don’t just talk about supporting rooftop solar. It’s important to dig deeper and look into our representatives, their values, beliefs, and more telling, where their campaign donations are coming from. Let’s continue to rally behind the progress of solar energy and urge everyone to help uphold the very American value of Independence.

Together, we have the ability to forge a brighter future powered by the sun.