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Study shows homeowners with PV are subsidizing their neighbors

February 11, 2021

Beyond the environmental benefits and lower electric bills, it turns out installing solar panels on your house actually benefits your whole community.

For years some utility companies have worried that solar panels drive up electric costs for people without panels. Joshua Pearce, Richard Witte Endowed Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan Technological University, has shown the opposite is true — grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) owners are actually subsidizing their non-PV neighbors.

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