A state lawmaker said Friday that Nevada utility regulators went too far by eliminating a disputed subsidy for net metering customers because the rooftop solar industry has been decimated by the decision.
It may be lights out for the solar industry in Nevada. That state is hemorrhaging jobs after a controversial decision in December to raise rates for customers with rooftop solar panels. The move has jarred the solar industry nationwide, especially in other southwestern states like Arizona.
It’s been more than a year since Salt River Project approved new “demand rates” for customers with rooftop solar, and utility officials said a preliminary review of those customers’ bills shows some of them are adapting and finding ways to save money.
Despite significant public opposition and precedents in other states, Wisconsin regulators are going it alone in approving significant rate changes that advocates say are designed to prevent competition from rooftop solar.