Amid surge in solar adoption, several states see battles over consumer incentives

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s decision Wednesday to veto a controversial rooftop solar proposal is the latest round in a coast-to-coast battle over measures that utilities say are needed to ensure equitable and affordable energy solutions but which opponents say would ratchet back consumer incentives for adoption of rooftop solar. 

The Florida bill would have phased out credits for new rooftop solar customers, erasing the credits entirely by 2029. Similar measures are being fought over in several states where solar energy is seen as a key to helping wean the nation off a dependence on fossil fuels.