SAN MATEO, Calif., Dec. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive released the following statement today regarding the Nevada Public Utilities Commission's proposed decision on rooftop solar:
"If the Nevada Public Utilities Commission's proposed decision is accepted tomorrow it will destroy the rooftop solar industry in one of the states with the most sunshine. There is so much wrong with the decision, the only option for the PUC is to reject it. The one beneficiary of this decision would be NV Energy, whose monopoly will have been protected. The people will have lost choice, jobs, and faith in their government.
"The decision would retroactively sabotage the investments Nevadans have already made in solar, even though they were encouraged by their government to make those investments.
"If the PUC approves this proposal, it will force SolarCity to cease sales and installation operations in Nevada. And if SolarCity, which has the lowest cost structure in the industry, is forced to shut down operations, you could estimate that more than 5,000 solar jobs across the industry will be lost as a result of this decision.
"Today's proposed decision is reckless, and I encourage the PUC to reject it tomorrow. Nevada will otherwise become the first state out of 44 with net metering to take a step backward, not forward."
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