Solar energy: Fees, value, future

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By Ryan Randazzo The Republic |

Salt River Project officials might have decided last week how much they want to charge customers with solar panels on their homes, but the debate over rooftop solar’s value to the power grid and how it should be billed is far from settled in Arizona and across the country.

SRP’s elected leaders ended a contentious meeting Thursday by approving fees for those people who add solar after Dec. 8, 2014. The utility’s 15,000 existing solar customers do not have to pay the fees.

Rooftop solar still represents a tiny portion of the nation’s overall power supply, but thanks to huge drops in the price to install solar and a 30 percent federal tax credit, the industry has been growing rapidly.


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