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SRP approves solar fee and rate hike (access required)

About 50 people protested outside Salt River Project's board meeting to decide on a monthly solar fee Thursday morning. The crowd chanted "Sol not coal" and "Don't rebate and switch" ahead of the board's decision, which would cost the average solar customer an additional $50 per month. (Photo by Rachel Leingang/Arizona Capitol Times)

Salt River Project’s board of directors approved a rate hike Thursday that would add a solar demand charge of about $50 on average and a 3.9 percent increase for all SRP users, ending a three-month process of public meetings and solar industry outcry.

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APS employee drafted anti-solar letter signed by AZ congressmen

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Rooftop solar companies are using deceptive marketing to push risky leases on consumers, and federal regulators need to step in. That was the message sent by six Arizona congressmen in letters to the Federal Trade Commission and the recently created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But one of those letters was originally drafted by an employee of Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest utility and the one of the largest campaign donors for the group of lawmakers.

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