Arizona regulators raise solar rates $5 per month

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Associated Press

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 15 at 2:02 AM

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's utility regulators have voted to raise monthly fees for Arizona Public Service customers who install rooftop solar power panels by about $5.

The decision Thursday by members of the Arizona Corporation Commission was considered a win for the solar industry which had been fighting APS efforts to get a $50 to $100 monthly bill increase.

APS had argued it needed the higher payments to offset the cost of providing power to homes even if they have rooftop solar. The solar industry says rooftop solar actually saves money for APS.

APS says Thursday's decision means its non-solar customers will have to pay more.

The company had spent nearly $4 million on ads backing its proposal. The solar industry had countered with about $400,000 in spending of its own.

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