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Corporation Commission ruling could spur solar development in Arizona

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Under PURPA, utilities must take power from qualified renewable facilities when their prices are under what the utility would pay to generate or buy power from other sources
/Rick Wiley / Arizona Daily Star

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents the solar developers that prevailed on this issue

By David Wichner | Arizona Daily 

Arizona could see a surge in renewable energy projects built by non-utility operators following a ruling this week by the Arizona Corporation Commission.

The commission at its open meeting on Tuesday amended state rules governing utility purchases of power from qualifying non-utility operators of small renewable energy plants, required under a 1978 federal law.

The new rule requires Tucson Electric Power Co. and other state-regulated utilities to sign long-term contracts of at least 18 years with owners of smaller solar, wind and other renewable energy projects.

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