Two Corporation Commission candidates oppose solar property taxes

Vernon Parker and Lucy Mason
Vernon Parker and Lucy Mason

Ryan Randazzo | The Republic | azcentral.com

Two candidates hoping to regulate electric utilities in Arizona spoke out Thursday against the state’s plans to collect property taxes on rooftop solar panels that are leased. Rooftop panels that people own are exempt from such taxes.

Arizona Corporation Commission candidates Lucy Mason and Vernon Parker, both Republicans, attended a protest last week sponsored by SolarCity Corp., Sunrun Inc. and other companies involved in rooftop solar leases.

The two are running as a team for two open seats this year on the five-member commission that regulates utilities.

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