“When rooftop solar systems generate more power than can be used on site, the local utility typically ends up acquiring the excess – often for very little money or none at all,” begins an article at Midwest Energy News.

Iowa state Rep. Mary Mascher, who has been investigating the best way to have solar panels installed at her Iowa City home, has come up with an alternative: why not donate that power to low-income customers in peril of having their electricity shut off?

She recently introduced a bill to do just that. House File 149 would require utilities to plan a system for giving excess solar energy to people who’ve fallen behind in their utility payments.

(READ the full story from Midwest Energy News)

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