By charging customers with rooftop solar a monthly surcharge, the utilities have effectively killed the solar market in Nevada.
The short-sighted move by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission has been in the works for months. Solar City, the highly successful solar leasing firm, is leaving the state altogether, and other negative fallout is expected. The irony is that Nevada is one of the best states in the nation when it comes to solar power potential. An additional irony is that the city of Las Vegas recently announced a plan to convert to 100 percent renewable energy by 2017.
It gets worse. As Cleantechnica reports:
"The real problem is that PUC also intends to apply the new structure retroactively, to existing customers. As far as we can tell, that’s never been done before in any state. If the decision holds up, it will have national implications.
In other words, the PUC decision is not just about the Nevada solar industry. Because of the unusually onerous, backward-grabbing nature of the new rate structure, we’re thinking that it is also meant to undermine the entire US rooftop solar industry."
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