Hundreds attend pro-solar rally in Arizona

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email

Hundreds of pro-solar advocates have reportedly turned out at a rally outside the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) as two days of public hearings began today on the issue of net metering in Arizona.

The hearings began at 09:30am local time and according to Susan Wise of PV firm Sunrun and pro-solar advocacy group the Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), around 250 pro-solar net metering protesters were already in force by 09:00am with numbers rising.

In opposition to TASC and fellow solar advocates, Arizona Public Service (APS), the state’s largest public utility provider, has put forward proposals including charging solar customers the same rates for electricity consumption as other customers, arguing that non-solar users will be penalised by the disproportionate grid costs of adding solar-generated electricity. APS was recently accused of funding an advertising campaign against net metering using ratepayer money and was unable to refute the claims.

PV-Tech spoke to Will Craven of TASC shortly after 10am local time. Craven was present at the rally outside the hearing as it got underway.

He said the hundreds of pro-solar campaigners present were joined by a brass band and colourful signs, while admission to the hearing was only possible if someone left to come outside. Craven said he hoped to get in at some point during the two days and said that Lyndon Rive, chief executive officer of SolarCity, was among those that had managed to get inside.

When asked how he felt the hearings would pan out, Craven said that as an elected body, ACC should recognise the mood of public opinion as well as the number of jobs created by the solar power industry and not decide to “punitively tax solar”. When asked if his outlook was therefore positive, Craven jokingly replied that people in solar power usually did tend to be optimistic in outlook. Craven also said that the hundreds of people attending the rally outside were sending a message that they were not satisfied with a monopoly on public utilities such as that held by APS.

Craven explained that pro-solar groups such as TASC believed it was unfair that the cost of solar be determined only in relation to other forms of electricity generation, and said he personally found it “galling that on-site generation (and self-consumption) of electricity be somehow considered a burden on the grid…” when in many cases, “the power generated would never touch the grid”.

According to Will Craven, the efficiency that solar power generation provided presented utilities with a potential loss of revenue. “APS will present a self-interested argument that solar is unfair. Among other things solar is a benefit, reducing the need for increasing infrastructure spending but obviously utilities will want to build forever to make returns.” 

Before signing off and returning to the rally to wait for his turn inside the hearing, Craven reiterated his view that as elected officials ACC would listen to public opinion and that he was hopeful of the outcome.

6 July 2021
Explore in depth the opportunities of the different countries via case studies, business and financial models that will foster growth in the region with particular focus on Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Korea, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia & Vietnam.
13 July 2021
Energy Next is a new industry exhibition focusing on the latest renewable energy and energy efficiency technology, which will be held for the first time in 2021 in Sydney, Australia alongside the Clean Energy Council’s Australian Clean Energy Summit, the peak gathering of leaders driving Australia's energy transformation. Organised by the same people behind Australia’s largest clean energy event, All-Energy Australia, Energy Next will give visitors two days of access to key suppliers in the industry, free-to-attend professional development and industry workshops, and networking opportunities to better understand clean energy issues and solutions and learn about the latest developments in this transformational, dynamic sector.
24 August 2021
Join us to hear directly from the CTOs and heads-of-research from the top-20 cell/wafer producers to the PV industry today. You'll find out which companies are investing and what technologies and cell architectures are being primed for multi-GW production and gather key market intel around wafer supplier trends for cell manufacturing, including which format/wafer-size is likely to dominate 3-5 years out.
25 August 2021
The Intersolar Summit Brasil Nordeste takes place in Fortaleza, Brazil. It addresses leading local and international experts on solar power and renewable energy in the region. The Summit’s mission is to provide in-depth education, enable high-quality networking opportunities, expand the use of PV technologies at regional and national level and strengthen the local PV industry. The Intersolar Summit Brasil Nordeste is organized by Intersolar South America - Latin America’s largest exhibition and conference for the solar industry: Solar Promotion International GmbH, Pforzheim, Freiburg Management and Marketing International GmbH (FMMI) and Aranda Eventos & Congressos Ltda, São Paulo as co-organizer.
6 September 2021
The 38th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition will be held online from 6 - 10 September 2021, allowing PV experts from all around the globe to participate with just one click! The EU PVSEC is the world's leading forum for PV Research and Development and the biggest Conference on PV Solar Energy worldwide. That is why PV experts from all around the globe are keen on gathering together each year to be part of this specialist’s event, to present and discuss the latest developments in Photovoltaics, to network and to conduct business.
7 September 2021
Intersolar Mexico sits at the cross-section of photovoltaics, solar heating & cooling technologies, and energy storage. The event serves as the industry’s go-to source for invaluable technology trends and premier B2B contacts in the promising Mexican solar market. In its second edition from September 7–9, 2021 Intersolar Mexico together with the co-located The GREEN Expo® and Aquatech Mexico will move to a new venue – Centro Citibanamex.

Read Next

June 18, 2021
In order to align with its net zero target, solar capacity in the UK needs to treble to 40GW by 2030, according to a new report from Solar Energy UK this week.
June 18, 2021
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this week presented a draft order aimed at establishing a joint Federal-State task force on electric transmission
June 18, 2021
Horizon Power and PXiSE Energy Solutions have successfully powered the Australian town of Onslow with completely renewable energy, demonstrating the potential of microgrid technology
June 18, 2021
Spanish utility Acciona has set a price range for its planned initial public offering (IPO) of its renewables division of up to €29.76 (US$35.36), potentially valuing the business unit at as much as €9.8 billion (US$11.6 billion).
June 18, 2021
UNOPS Sustainable Investments in Infrastructure and Innovation (S3i) has signed an agreement to invest in a 250MW solar plant in Rajasthan, India
June 18, 2021
Lightsource BP has added 703MW to its Spanish pipeline through the acquisition of projects from Grupo Jorge, bringing its total pipeline in Spain to 3GW.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
July 6, 2021
Solar Media Events
August 24, 2021
Solar Media Events, Upcoming Webinars
October 6, 2021