Regulators to Consider Pausing New Rooftop Solar Rates

Published: Jan. 3, 2016 at 10:30 AM PST
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada energy regulators are meeting this week to decide whether to hold off on new rates for solar power customers.

The Public Utilities Commission scheduled a hearing Thursday for the rates, which were set to take effect Jan. 1. The changes would raise the base service charge for southern Nevada solar customers from $12.75 to $17.90 per month, and from $15.25 to $21.09 for northern Nevada customers.

They also reduce the amount the utility pays to buy power back from rooftop solar panels.

The service charge will rise and the reimbursement will drop every year until 2020.

Regulators approved the changes as a way to reduce a cost-shift from the state's 17,000 net-metering customers to the non-solar customer base.

Critics say there wasn't enough warning about the scope of the rate structure.