WASHINGTON – Collaborating with fellow legislators from around the country, State Rep. Stephen Meeks (R-Greenbrier) spent two days at the Solar Workshop & Lab on June 9 – 10 in San Antonio.
The Workshop is the second National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) solar energy meetings held in conjunction with the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO).
"This was an opportunity to visit with legislators and energy officials from around the nation to hear about their successes and challenges with solar energy and to learn from them. Having passed a comprehensive net metering law in 2015 to promote solar in a way that it is not subsidized by other rate payers or uses tax dollars, I believe solar energy can be a growing part of our energy future and help ensure Arkansans continue to enjoy some of the cheapest and most reliable power rates in the nation," Rep. Meeks said.
Through a partnership between NCSL and NASEO, the Solar Workshop & Lab provided legislators, legislative staff and state energy officials an opportunity to increase their knowledge of current and emerging solar technologies and policies.
Attendees participated in a simulation lab to engage in energy decision-making, to see how these decisions would affect prices and the electric grid. They also joined in a site visit to the KACO New Energy Facility, a solar inverter manufacturer.
NCSL provided the training to legislators and legislative staff at no cost to the state as part of its services to the nation’s state legislatures. Twenty-four other Legislators and staff attended the Workshop in San Antonio.
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.