A battle between the solar-panel industry and a major utility in Arizona is heating up.
The fight is over net-metering rules, which require utilities to purchase excess electricity produced by solar panel–owning customers. Hearings to consider proposed rule changes are scheduled for next month.
A lot of money is at stake -- for Arizona Public Service Co., the utility pushing the proposed rule changes, and also for solar installers and solar-panel owners.
APS wants to slash its payments to each solar-panel owner by between $50 and $100 a month. It says the payments are a burden on customers who don’t own solar panels. The solar industry, meanwhile, is saying the proposed changes would cripple its growth.
The Arizona Republic paints a picture of a utility desperate to sully solar's reputation as it seeks to build support for its proposal: