Tucson Electric Power has gotten the green light to install rooftop solar panels at customers' homes without installation or maintenance costs. In exchange, people would pay a fixed monthly fee for the next 25 years.
For instance, if energy prices go up, no worries, if you get panels you'll still pay the same amount every month thanks to the fixed rate deal. Also, if you break the things, TEP will fix them.
There would be a $250 administrative fee if you go for this new plan, though.
A press release from TEP says the "first of its kind program" will be available in the spring to between 500 to 600 customers.
"The company will seek participants in areas where TEP's solar arrays would maximize benefits for the local electric grid that serves all customers," the release says. "TEP will also look for sites where solar panels can be positioned to maximize output that more closely coincides with peak demand."
The plan was approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission Thursday. TEP proposed it a few months ago.
At the time, I spoke with Joseph Barrios, a TEP spokesman, and he said this program is one of the many ways TEP is looking to expand options for renewable energy use.
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