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New York Braces for Solar Fight as Regulators Mull Monthly Fees

  • Clean-energy advocates warn move could slow installations
  • Charges would go toward clean-energy and efficiency programs

A battle over rooftop solar panels is brewing in New York.

As regulators revamp the way utilities pay homeowners for the solar power they feed the grid, they’re mulling a monthly charge to support clean-energy and efficiency programs. It would amount to about $6 a month, but clean-energy advocates warn it could still erode solar’s fiscal advantage.