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Re: “The Battle for a Solar Arizona

Mainly contributing to the demise of the promising, job-creating solar industry is APS’es virtual elimination of their so-called rebates (actually usurpation of their customer’s carbon-offset credits) and all-out assault on the Arizona Corporation Commission’s net-metering requirements. From my perspective, they seem to be doing all that they can to stymie property-owner’s ability to contribute to distributed generation. The image that they present to the public disguises their under-handed greediness to have it all to themselves.
Many in-depth studies by distinguished groups (including electric companies) have proven that distributed generation in the form of homeowner’s and commercial photovoltaic systems is actually financially beneficial to utility companies. Some of these benefits are:
• Deferment of Transmission and Distribution capacity upgrades (avoiding or delaying new construction)
• Reduced transformer and line losses
• Energy diversification (natural gas price hedge)
• Saved fuel expenses
• Renewable Portfolio Standard requirement compliance
• Aids disaster recovery
Of course there are also societal benefits including reduced pollution, job creation, resource diversity and national security.
Those of us in the solar industry fully embrace the need for our industry to mature to the point of grid-parity but we also deserve a level playing field. In my opinion, we should increase our RES requirement to be at least as progressive as any other state, do away with the system size limits and keep our current net-metering requirement in place in the meanwhile.
Mark Lyzwa

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Posted by mlyzwa on 10/01/2013 at 6:24 AM

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