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Nevada brings back net metering rates for grandfathered solar arrays

It seemed the law shinned favorably on solar proponents in Nevada Friday, Sept 16, as state regulators voted to restore net metering rates for residents that had already own solar arrays before the Nevada Public Utilities Commision increased fees and lowered compensation last year.

The vote reverses a decision by the Nevada PUC to add on fees and lower the compensation paid to solar homeowners–at least for those who were quick enough to outfit their rooftops with panels before the PUC changed its rates in December 2015.

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A ruling by the Nevada district court, which found the 2015 new tarrif increase violated existing solar customes’ Constitutional due process rights, spurred the state regulator’s to take action, re-establishing the previous lower utilities rates for about 32,000 customers, according to Fortune 500.

While future homeowners in Nevada will be subject the PUC’s higher rates and lower compensations, the case sets a precedent for protecting the rates of homeowners in states who manage to get grandfathered into beneficial rates, before the utility companies make a change.

Author: Harold Tan

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