Clean Energy

Despite its numerous environmental and economic benefits, the feasibility of solar in sunny Alabama, and widespread support for clean energy, Alabama is consistently ranked among the worst states for clean energy. By learning more about the issue, voting for solar-friendly candidates, and supporting groups working to dismantle these obstacles, you can help promote the thriving solar economy we deserve.

Alabama Power and solar fees

NEW: We’re representing Alabamians subjected to unjust solar charges

Alabama Power charges $5.41 per kilowatt per month to customers who have solar panels, reducing the savings of homeowners who switch to solar by half

One of the highest backup fees, or “standby charges,” of any regulated utility nationwide, Alabama Power’s monthly fee on customers who install and use solar panels to power some of their energy needs at their homes, businesses, and schools has impeded Alabama’s solar progress.

Article: Alabama Power earned $1+ billion in profits over industry average on the backs of customers since 2014

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"Bluntly, the decisions of the PSC are contributing to poverty in Alabama, rather than alleviating it. Alabama has a history mired in poverty and we need our energy policy to help us break that cycle. Favoring monopolies and Wall St. over low-cost distributed energy perpetuates the struggle of hundreds of thousands of hard-working Alabamians." - Daniel Tait, Energy Alabama

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"The Public Service Commission’s decision hurts Alabama Power customers and our state,” says Keith Johnston, Office Director of SELC’s Alabama office. “As the nation moves forward with cleaner energy and the jobs that it creates, the Commissioners and Alabama Power continue to do everything they can to stop it. Not only do they allow this unfair charge to citizens to continue, they increase it.” (Southern Environmental Law Center)

Other obstacles

  • No net metering

    • Net metering allows solar users to earn credit for excess power generated by their installations sent to the grid, meaning customers are only charged for their net energy use. Alabama is one of only three states in the country that lacks a state policy for compensating customers for energy they provide from solar. Learn more here.

  • No Renewable Portfolio Standard

    • A law mandating a certain percentage of total electricity generation must come from renewable sources by a specific deadline

  • No statewide solar power incentives.

    • Alabama currently does not offer rebates, tax credits, property tax exemptions, or sales tax exemptions for solar panels