Kelly Reiterates Support For Net Metering Expansion On Hanover Campaign Stop

Jul 31, 2018

Gubernatorial candidate Molly Kelly, left, tours Hanover's water treatment plant and the prospective sites of several megawatts of ground-mounted solar panels with Hanover town officials Tuesday.
Credit Annie Ropeik / NHPR

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Molly Kelly was in Hanover Tuesday, reiterating her criticisms of Gov. Chris Sununu’s energy policies.

In June, Sununu vetoed a bill that would have expanded the state's net metering program – where towns and businesses get rebates for generating their own energy.

The town of Hanover is trying to go all-renewable in the coming decades.

Town manager Julia Griffin says they needed the net metering expansion to get there, by building several megawatts of solar power.

Now, those plans may not add up. Griffin explained the situation to Molly Kelly as they toured the prospective solar sites around the town’s water treatment plant.

“Not allowing the net metering beyond a megawatt just put the kibosh on a lot of projects,” Griffin said.

“And as you said, there’s job growth as well, and growing the economy,” Kelly added.

Kelly helped start net metering in New Hampshire as a state senator five years ago.

If elected, both she and her primary opponent Steve Marchand say they’d support removing the cap from the program altogether.