Southern Illinois solar energy growth prompts fight over net metering math

Energy News Network: In the heart of downstate Illinois coal country, Shariff Shakir watched solar energy blossom in recent years, including his company’s installations on homes, barns, fields and a fitness club.

That vibrancy is in jeopardy, though, as utility Ameren Illinois moves to stop fully compensating new solar customers for surplus electricity sent back to the grid — an important income stream for homeowners and businesses financing solar installations.

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