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LETTER: Anti-solar bill reinforces state’s backwater image

February 18, 2017

I’m sitting here shaking my head after reading in the IBJ about Republican Brandt Hershman’s proposal to phase out net metering for solar power [Bill alarms solar-power advocates, Jan. 21].

Our state should be taking steps to encourage the adoption of solar power, not seeking to give control to large utilities. Use of solar power by individuals and businesses not only helps the environment, it makes us more resilient to natural disasters and cyber attacks.

Giving control to large utilities is against the interest of consumers and sends yet another message that Indiana is a technology backwater. It makes it harder for people like me to build businesses and attract talent here. Senate Bill 309 takes us in exactly the wrong direction.

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Don Brown, founder
Interactive Intelligence and LifeOmic

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