Arizona regulatory staff rejects APS bid to own rooftop solar; Rose Law Group Senior Partner Court Rich featured

By Gavin Bade | Dive Brief The Arizona Corporation Commission’s (ACC) staff has recommended that its commissioners reject a controversial proposal from Arizona Public Service to install and own rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar systems on 3,000 homes, saying the plans are too costly, according to SNL Energy. The ACC staff concluded that APS had not reasonably shown that it needs …

[BREAKING] Corporation Commission staff recommends rejection of APS monopoly move into competitive rooftop solar market; Rose Law Group partner Court Rich says APS can’t have it both ways

By Jeff Stanfield | SNL Energy The Arizona Corporation Commission’s staff on Nov. 3 recommended that the commissioners reject Arizona Public Service Co.’s controversial request for approval of a program in which the utility wanted to install its own rooftop solar systems on 3,000 homes as part of its AZ Sun initiative. The staff concluded that the Pinnacle West Capital …

Rose Law Group Senior Partner Court Rich explains why APS’ rooftop solar proposal is an expensive step backwards for solar in Arizona.

What If: APS puts solar panels on residential roofs? What If: APS and solar industry reps argue whether it’s a good idea for the utility to install panels on homeowners’ roofs. Arizona Public Service is seeking regulatory approval to put solar panels on rooftops, paying homeowners for the space but spreading the electricity to all customers. We asked two experts: …

Senior Partner Court Rich tells KJZZ that “APS is totally against solar unless it owns it, in which case they love it.”

APS Proposes To Put Free Solar On 3,000 Homes Next Year By  Kristena Hansen August 29, 2014 Under the proposal, APS would rent a customer’s roof and pay for the the installation and upkeep of a 6 megawatt-solar panel system, on average, for 20 years. Less than a year after the contentious net-metering debate, Arizona Public Service Co. and the solar …

Tucson Electric mimics APS with rooftop move

By David Wichner | Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star reports Tucson Electric Power Co.’s next big solar-energy farm may be spread over hundreds of rooftops across the Old Pueblo. In a move that rankles some in the solar-energy industry, TEP has asked the Arizona Corporation Commission to approve a new program to install company-owned photovoltaic systems on residential customers’ roofs, …