Tag Archives: solar industry

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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Politics 101: How government becomes more complicated (access required)

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Traditionally, Republicans campaign on limiting government, but many introduce one or more bills that would expand government right after they win re-election. It’s done in various ways – establishing a new commission, adding new regulations for an industry, launching a new program, or adding to what has already been established.

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Solar industry slowing down in Arizona


Utility regulators are wrestling with how much of a premium to charge energy customers for using solar or other renewable energy sources, the Arizona Republic reported Sunday. For the first time in several years, no large solar plants are being built in Arizona and the number of rooftop-solar installations is down.

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The powers that be (access required)

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As it reaches a climax, the months-long campaign to reduce a key incentive for residential solar has given Arizonans a glimpse into a nearly obscure but powerful body of regulators that oversees some of Arizona’s biggest industries.

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