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Environews: RMP vs solar
Rocky Mountain Power has asked the Public Service Commission to approve new fees for customers with rooftop solar panels, but the solar industry says the fees would effectively kill Utah’s transition to solar power. Vivent Solar estimates that the proposed fees would add $10,000 to the cost of a rooftop solar system over its lifetime and extend the “payback period” from 10 years to 25 years making solar unaffordable. Matt Pacenza, HEAL Utah’s Executive Director, says that Rocky Mountain Power’s study justifying the fees was one-sided, only considering costs to the utility company and not benefits to the community such as clean air and stable fuel prices since the sun is free.
Amy Brunvand is an academic librarian who currently works in the University of Utah Sustainability Office, coordinating sustainability education, research and initiatives at the University.