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Dozens speak up against changes to net metering

Posted at 4:13 PM, Nov 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-16 19:13:01-05

People in the solar industry were speaking up at Monday's Public Utilities Commission of Nevada agenda meeting. 

"What's at stake here is more than just a job. What's at stake here is my career," one employee said to commissioners.

Many are worried about the future of net metering. It allows people who generate solar energy to be reimbursed by NV Energy for what they don't use.

Now, that rate could change. Those in solar say that could be detrimental to the industry and even kill it. That would impact at least 6,000 jobs.

"Let's put the 6,000 jobs in perspective. That's about the entire last years employment growth in Nevada so that would be setting the unemployment rate back by an entire year," Bryan Miller from Sunrun said.

Ultimately it's going to be up to the commissioners to make the final decision. They'll be holding more meetings throughout this week and then a final decision is expected by the end of the year.