APS culprit behind anti-solar letters from Arizona Congress members

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 8.11.10 AMBy Evan Wyloge | Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting

Rooftop solar companies are using deceptive marketing to push risky leases on consumers, and federal regulators need to step in.

That was the message sent by six Arizona congressmen in letters to the Federal Trade Commission and the recently created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But one of those letters was originally drafted by an employee of Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest utility and one of the largest campaign donors for the group of lawmakers.

The APS-authored, congressmen-signed letter comes as the latest in an ongoing effort to stymie third-party solar panel companies, whose business has grown tenfold over the past half-decade, presenting a challenge to the long-term business model of traditional utilities like APS.

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