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APS employee drafted anti-solar letter signed by AZ congressmen

APS employee drafted anti-solar letter signed by AZ congressmen

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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Why am I not surprised?

A letter sent by Barber, Kirkparick, Sinema and Texas Rep. Gene Green urging the US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to scrutinize the business practices of solar-panel-leasing companies was done at the behest of APS, according to a DC-based solar industry representative.

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A rooftop ‘brawl’ over solar energy’s soul

The Corp Comm’s hearing yesterday (Nov. 13) into APS’s proposal to install solar rooftop panels brought about passionate defenses of the company’s pitch and the existing rooftop-solar industry, but also attacks and snide remarks. “This is a brawl,” one industry insider told our reporter yesterday (Nov. 13).

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APS’ view: Expanding the solar market in Arizona

APS’ view: Expanding the solar market in Arizona

At APS we are always planning for what’s next in Arizona’s energy future, and much of this focus has been on making sure energy in this state is sustainable for the long term. Our customers tell us they want more opportunities for rooftop solar, and we’ve listened and proposed a program that will bring more solar energy to the state.

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