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Millions in Cash Burned on One War Over Rooftop Solar Panels

  • Arizona board elections may tip 24-state solar payment debate
  • Three-year local battle has spurred state fines, U.S. probe
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There’s a war brewing over the future of rooftop solar, and Arizona is at ground zero.

Pinnacle West Capital Corp., which owns the state’s largest utility, last week said it has formed a third-party group to support candidates for an elected state board that regulates their industry. The move promises to inject $1 million into a race in which SolarCity Corp., a rooftop solar provider, is already planning to spend $2 million through a nonprofit it supports, according to officials from the two groups.