Solar companies in Arizona claim they are victims of “slanderous campaigns” by electrical utilities spreading unsupported allegations, but letters from consumers tell a different story.
The Arizona Corporations Commission launched an inquiry last December “to study business models related to solar distributed generation,” inviting interested parties — including consumers, solar panel manufacturers, power companies, and interest groups — to submit comments, which are posted on the commission’s website.
Among the earliest respondents was the Alliance for Solar Choice, a coalition of the nation’s largest rooftop solar companies, which filed its response to the inquiry in mid-February.
Adopting a somewhat defensive posture, TASC asserted that Arizona has “the most hostile environment in the country for those in the otherwise blossoming distributed solar industry,” a condition it attributes to “dishonest campaigns” by utilities like Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest electric utility.
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