“Utah homeowners install solar in the dead of winter as they rush to lock in better net-metering rates before they increase on Dec 9. Photo courtesy of The Salt Lake Tribune Chris Detrick”
A new net metering rate for Utah solar homeowners sparked a explosion of last minute customers rushing to sign up for Rocky Mountain Power’s program in the month leading up its Dec 9 cutoff.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the utility company had received more than 2,000 residential solar applications in the last month since the proposed rate change was announced. Previously it had averaged just 1,300 applications a month.
“Applications are definitely up,” Ryan Evans, president of the Utah Solar Energy Association said, pointing out that some residents even submitted net metering applications before committing to purchase solar installations so that they might “get in line” before the deadline.
Under the proposed rate change, Utah customers switching to solar after Dec 9 could see up to a 35 percent increase on their monthly bill due to increaed “sevice charges” and a new “demand charge”
It comes as no surprise Utah’s solar proponents have opposed the utilities rate hikes.
Dim hopes that the state’s Public Service Commission would delay or reject the cutoff line before Dec 9 looked less likely as the day drew to a close.
Other states experiencing similar push backs from utility companies to increase monthly rates for new solar homeowners has been the norm in 2016 and is only expected to get worse during the following years under a Trump presidency.
If you want to know whether you’re home is in an area that still has healthy incentives and rebates, which haven’t yet been curtailed by anti-solar policies, contact GoGreenSolar.com or call (888) 338-0183.