solar panelsNote to utilities: solar is popular with your customers. 

Earlier in the month in Colorado, Xcel proposed a scheme to charge their customers who install a solar installation an extra fee.  After 5 days of intense public outcry, they withdrew the plan.  For now.

And in New Mexico, Public Service of New Mexico  (the largest utility in the state) is trying to eliminate customer solar incentives in the state–essentially, declaring war on the state’s solar industry.  It’s an incredibly aggressive move. 

We are working with the Renewable Energy Industry Association of New Mexico, who officially filed to intervene in the proceeding today, to fight this.  I think it is safe to say that PNM can expect a lot more press like this in the interim:

“PNM’s newest plan to meet the state’s renewable energy requirements has thrust it headlong into a solar storm, drawing sharp objections from installers, a statewide trade group, Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chávez and Gov. Bill Richardson”

It’s what your customers want.  Isn’t reading the polls easier than reading negative press?