LAS VEGAS, Sept. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the Public Utilities Commission's unanimous vote to ratify the stipulation negotiated by SolarCity, the Bureau of Consumer Protection, NV Energy and Public Utilities Commission Staff to grandfather solar customers in Nevada, Jon Wellinghoff, former Consumer Advocate for the State of Nevada and current SolarCity Chief Policy Officer, issued the following statement:
"On behalf of Nevada's 32,000 rooftop solar customers, we thank the Public Utilities Commission for unanimously approving our agreement to grandfather existing solar customers.
The Public Utilities Commission's decision to grandfather existing solar customers is an important step forward for Nevada, to protect the investments thousands of Nevadans have made in our clean energy economy, and affirms that grandfathering should be the law of the land."
The ratified agreement will grandfather all Nevadans who applied to install rooftop solar before December 31, 2015 on the net metering program they signed up under, for a period of 20 years. These customers include thousands of Nevadans who applied to go solar but have not yet installed their systems, and now have the ability to install solar under the grandfathered net metering program. SolarCity intends to commit the resources necessary to complete those installations and help all of their existing customers power their homes and communities.
This order does not reverse the higher fees and charges on Nevadans who wish to go solar in the future. SolarCity intends to work with the Public Utilities Commission, legislators, and stakeholders to find a long-term solution that gives all Nevadans the freedom to install rooftop solar without being punished with higher charges.