Arizona Solar Controversy


Arizona lawmakers are in a heated debate over the future of solar power in our state. The pro solar side is pushing an initiative called Arizona Solar Energy Freedom Act, which will preserve the system of net metering. Net metering provides solar customers with excess power credits, which in turn saves them money. The initiative requires receiving 225,963 signatures by early July to be placed on the November ballot to amend the state constitution.

The opposing argument comes with support from utility companies and would change the net metering system and in turn make solar less appealing financially. Reasoning behind opposition to pro solar is the thought that the act could raise prices for people who don’t have solar.

It seems strange that a sunny state such as Arizona would limit the expansion of solar power, but what does it mean financially to the greater community? What are your thoughts?

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