Tomorrow we are closing on the sale of our house in North Yarmouth! Margy is there cleaning up tonight, and I took a last carload of stuff home tonight after work. Lots of feelings: relief, weariness, glad to have us finally all in one place, sad to leave the trees, glad to have seen the daffodils bloom.
Meanwhile, I’ve been plotting the next chapter in Portland. I’ve arranged for replacement of our roof shingles, which were nearing the end of their useful life. That should happen next week. And, I’ve been researching solar options with a couple of installation companies. It has been more confusing that I thought it would be. Lots of options, and the companies didn’t make exactly parallel proposals, so it has been hard to compare.
Meanwhile, state legislators this very day were debating the future of solar energy in Maine. Our governor has been an opponent, claiming–I believe falsely–that ratepayers are subsidizing those who are using solar. Right now we have net-metering, where consumers who have solar panels can send extra power generated by solar panels to the grid (for example on sunny summer days), and get a credit for watts that they can use later when they need power in winter. This benefits the grid because summer is the time of highest demand. It is what we hope to do. But the current plan is scheduled for some sort of change after this year, because we’ve reached 1% of energy generated.
It is so crazy, because we all need to keep expanding renewal energy as much as possible, if we are going to have a planet for our future generations. I wrote emails to my new state representative and state senator, and they are supportive–but there needs to be more support to override a veto by the governor. He is doing so much damage. No one in the opposition talks about the subsidies that oil and gas industries still get. I wonder who is planning for a future going up to 50% solar? And then, how do we imagine a fully renewable energy grid? Meanwhile, despite the political uncertainty, despite the opposition, Margy and I are going forward with our own plans for solar, casting our vote for the future.