Nevada Reconsiders Grandfathering Solar Rooftops After Exodus

  • Limits scope of rehearing of new fees to exisiting solar homes
  • SolarCity, Sunrun leaving state because of new solar charges

Nevada utility regulators agreed to reconsider a December decision that added fees and reduced payments to existing solar homes.

The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada will consider petitions to grandfather homeowners that bought or leased rooftop solar systems before its decision to add the charges, according to a draft order released Wednesday. The commission proposed hearing the petition at a meeting on Feb. 9.

That won’t change the rates for any new consumers who want to produce solar energy, a move that prompted its largest suppliers to leave the state. Sunrun Inc. and SolarCity Corp. fired hundreds of employees in Nevada this year saying they couldn’t operate under the new regulations.

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