Arizona’s changes to net metering could curtail the state’s solar market


The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has decided to drastically reduce its export rates  — what the utilities pay solar users for excess energy — to mitigate a utility-alleged “cost-shift” to non-solar ratepayers.

The two-day hearing adjourned at 9:25 pm ET, after almost 30 hours of public testimony, with a vote of 4-1 to implement significant changes to Arizona policy. The export rates were only one piece of this, and solar advocates are already suggesting that this could devastate the rooftop-solar industry in the state.

As pv magazine reported in October, the decision will value distributed solar based on the price of utility-scale solar generation, as evaluated each year with a five-year horizon…

The rest of this article can be read on the pv magazine USA website.