Solar Energy

Home Solar in Arizona Takes Hit After Vote by Corporation Commission to Add Surcharge

Arizona home solar users will save less money on electric bills in the future following a move by the Corporation Commission that's also likely to impact rooftop-solar sales.

In a 3-2 vote on Thursday, the five-member, all-Republican panel decided to allow Arizona Public Service to impose a fee on their roughly 18,000 home solar users. Those users currently reap lucrative payments from APS for the excess power they generate through a process known as net metering.

Small for now, the fee will likely grow in the next few years if commissioners continue to accept the idea pushed by APS and public utility advocates that solar users aren't paying enough for their use of the electrical grid.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.
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