Corporation Commission ruling could spur solar development in Arizona

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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