Tucson Electric Power Company to Charge Solar Customers for Going Green
As always, one way or another, you’re gonna pay……
PHOENIX — State regulators for the first time will impose small monthly fees on residents who get rebates for solar energy.
The Arizona Corporation Commission approved the fee for Tucson Electric Power Co. customers on a 3-2 vote late Friday, and will pursue the same measure for Arizona Public Service Co. and other utilities.
The fee would not apply retroactively for those who already have solar systems, just for those who get rebates in the future.
Arizona’s utilities already charge other non-solar-energy users a monthly renewable-energy tariffs to help utilities pay for solar-panel rebates and to buy alternative energy for a state requirement that they get 15 percent of their power from such sources by 2025.
Led by Commissioner Brenda Burns, supporters of imposing the monthly fee for solar users say that it’s only fair that they pay a few dollars a month so that more people can use rebates to go solar themselves.
The APS tariff is capped at about $4 a month for residential customers. The money is used in part for people who want rebates for installing solar to help cut their energy bills and reduce the use of fossil fuels for electricity.
And pay and pay and pay…….