APS solar effort is commendable, but shouldn’t discourage home-based solar

I read APS’s representative Tammy McLeod comments about how centralized Solar Energy is better for electric consumers than individual home units.

Read the commentary here: http://www.scottsdaleindependent.com/opinions/aps-grid-scale-solar-efficient-provides-environmental-benefits-residential-rooftop/

When APS had a mandate to reach a certain percent of renewal energy sources, APS offered homeowners incentives along with federal tax rebates. When enough homeowners built systems, APS shifted their position to say that homeowners with home systems weren’t paying their fair share of transmission and distribution costs.

And, since then, has been lobbying the Corporation Commission to increase fees paid by home-based solar systems. Now APS is telling us that central solar is better, but without data on the transmission and distribution costs of new, remote solar plants and without data on the land costs, labor costs, etc.

Home-based solar adds little or no distribution or transmission cost. And, there is no additional land or labor cost. And, individual citizens get to directly participate in carbon control.

I think that solar is good for Arizona. And, appreciate what might be an APS commitment to increasing solar generation. I do not appreciate an ongoing effort to de-incentivize home owner solar, however.

Editor’s note: Mr. Wilson is a Town of Paradise Valley resident

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