- Arizona Public Service (APS) was granted a waiver that it get a certain percent of its renewables from rooftop solar while the Arizona Corporation Commission reviews its overall solar policies.
- The ACC does not want to change the state's overall renewable portfolio standard, which ramps up to 15% by 2025. The rules require that 30% of the renewables come from distributed resources, and that residential rooftop account for half of that amount.
- APS and UNS Energy's utilities want to end the distributed energy requirement, saying solar will grow without it.
During a discussion on the issue, ACC commissioners said the solar industry was confusing consumers and making a mountain out of a molehill. The ACC chairman wondered if the rooftop solar industry’s business model is “fundamentally flawed” if it finds a recently imposed $5 a month fee so challenging.
Pull up a seat. The solar debate in Arizona is getting interesting.