Solar Industry Takes on Crony Capitalism in Arizona

Nov 4, 2013 Full story: Free Republic

A heated battle is taking place in Arizona between the fledgling solar industry and APS, the state's largest energy company, which enjoys a state-granted near-monopoly over energy.

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Solarman

La Quinta, CA

#1 Nov 4, 2013
"Solar users are saving everyone additional costs. As energy users dependent upon APS decrease their usage and move to solar power, fewer generating stations need to be built, and fewer distribution lines put into place. While it is true that solar users are paying less towards the maintenance costs of APS, it is because they are using less of APSí services."

The utilities like APS don't mention what their "avoided" costs are that they don't have to pay when private solar PV users put in their own generation system. APS doesn't have to buy property, get rights of ways for power corridors, go to court to defend the building of a project and file EIRs. The private solar PV systems are maintained by the owners. So, APS gets a peak use generation source without any cash outlay from them. Do you see APS calculating the avoided costs and giving it back to the ratepayers who don't have solar PV on their homes or businesses? Guys like McDonald are making way to much money for making excuses. Change the business model or perish.

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