Arizona Solar Energy Fight Ends With $5 Monthly Fee, Major Win For Renewable Power Industry
There are 1 comment on the The Huffington Post story from Nov 15, 2013, titled Arizona Solar Energy Fight Ends With $5 Monthly Fee, Major Win For Renewable Power Industry. In it, The Huffington Post reports that:
Arizona regulators on Thursday voted to adopt a roughly $5 monthly fee for customers of the state's largest utility who install rooftop solar panels in a move that had the solar industry declaring victory over what it saw as an effort to topple its business.
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#1 Nov 16, 2013
"PHOENIX (AP)— Arizona regulators on Thursday voted to adopt a roughly $5 monthly fee for customers of the state's largest utility who install rooftop solar panels in a move that had the solar industry declaring victory over what it saw as an effort to topple its business."
"The Arizona Corporation Commission's vote came after two days of talks and testimony from citizens and representatives on both sides of the issue as Arizona Public Service sought a monthly rate increase for solar customers of $50 to $100."
From $100 a month to $5 a month, poor little Jimmy McDonald, no Christmas bonus for him this year.
""It will be exponentially millions of dollars more expensive later than it is now," McDonald said, adding that there are roughly 500 new rooftop solar installations per month in Arizona. "And that will fall on the shoulders of our non-rooftop solar customers.""
That's only because APS doesn't share its "avoided" costs with the ratepayers like it should if APS was being "fair". Solar PV is a peak usage generation device. APS can hold off on building new peaker plants. APS doesn't have to maintain the private solar PV system, file EIRs, go to court to defend a project, buy property and gets right of ways for power corridors. B.S. APS is still screwing the public, it's just less than they imagined.
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