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Tempe hosts forum on solar energy net metering and proposed changes

Post Date:10/25/2013

Media contact:
Amanda Nelson
Public Information Officer

The City of Tempe is hosting a forum to present information about proposed changes to solar energy metering Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. in the Tempe City Council Chambers, 31 E. Fifth St. The City of Tempe is hosting this educational forum to provide an opportunity for residents to learn about net metering. Tempe is not advocating a position about the proposed change.

Net metering is a policy that determines how utilities compensate customers for the power their rooftop solar panels produce. The current net metering rules, approved in 2007, allow rooftop solar customers to subtract the power they produce from the power they consume and pay their electric bill based only on the difference.

APS recently asked the Arizona Corporation Commission for permission to change the company’s net-metering policy, and a hearing before the commission is expected in November. The utility’s proposal would affect only new APS customers. SRP customers would not be affected.

The forum will be moderated by Vic Linoff, a Tempe business owner, advocate and volunteer since 1973.

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