Save the Solar Industry in Saskatchewan & Over 500 Jobs

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On Sept. 19, 2019, SaskPower announced that they would be immediately suspending all net metering solar programs in the province of Saskatchewan

Since then, SaskPower launched a new net metering program on Nov. 1, 2019 that put a STOP to the 20% rebate and is going to pay you nearly 50% LESS (7.5 cents/kWh) for any power you send back to their grid via net metering. 

Why should you care? After meeting with both Minister Dustin Duncan and SaskPower President Mike Marsh, there appears to be no interest in reviewing the program that will end up killing this green, job creating industry in Saskatchewan

  • Activity in the solar industry is down 99%.
  • 72 jobs have already been lost.
  • Solar companies are considering moving to Alberta and the United States and most companies report they will close their solar operation by August 2020!
  • It is also now confirmed by energyhub.org that Saskatchewan has the best solar resource in Canada, and now the worst solar program in all of Canada. We are DEAD LAST.

Saskatchewan people deserve the choice to produce their own green energy through their crown utility with an industry that creates good paying green jobs right here in our province.

We are asking for a FAIR one-to-one net metering program where SaskPower will pay the same price for power sent to the grid as power being consumed from the grid. This is standard across North America and it will make it more feasible for the people of Saskatchewan to continue to invest in solar and go green.

PLEASE sign this petition and spread the word to help us rally the province. URGENT ACTION is required as over 500 Saskatchewan jobs are on the line.

Additionally, can we ask for your help to put the pressure on the Sask Party government to change their short-sighted policy? 

PLEASE EMAIL THE FOLLOWING WITH YOUR NAME TO:

Dear Premier Moe & Minister Duncan:

I am a concerned citizen asking for you to stand up for jobs and innovation in our province with a fair deal for rooftop solar.

SaskPower has misled the public into believing that Saskatchewan people paying thousands of dollars to generate their own green power is of little or no value.

Rooftop solar is a net benefit to our grid, as confirmed in studies of solar around the world, not a subsidy as SaskPower and you have falsely led people to believe.

You and SaskPower saw the benefits of rooftop solar previously and I ask you to revisit that previous perspective.

Dozens of jobs have already been lost. Companies are already leaving for Alberta and the United States. Citizens don’t have fair access to generate power on our grid.

This is unacceptable.

I ask you to immediately implement a fair one to one net metering program with a small capital incentive, at the very least for residential customers.

Utility scale solar is fine but it gives jobs to companies outside our province. SaskPower also isn’t considering the capital, land purchasing, maintenance and transmission costs when they compare its value to rooftop solar.

So I’m asking you to take a strong leadership position against SaskPower.

Saskatchewan people want rooftop solar, and we deserve a fair deal from our crown.

The new program is not fair.

Saskatchewan went from an average solar program to the absolute WORST in Canada according to energyhub.org. DEAD LAST.

We should have the best solar programs in Canada considering the solar potential here, not dead last. It’s embarrassing.

So my question to you is, will you modify the current solar program for Saskatchewan residents to ensure that it is fair?

I’m asking you to protect Saskatchewan jobs, ensuring fairness for Saskatchewan people and for your support in building a strong green industry right here in our province.

I look forward to your timely response.

Sincerely,

- Your Name

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