Solar Companies Sue In Arizona

by Ed Tsunoda

Conservative governments both local and federal usually eschew new taxes, except of course when they can be used to prevent progress for crazy liberal ideas like renewable energy and solar power, am I right? This is no exception, as Solar Energy companies take the fight to Republican Governor Jan Brewer for a ludicrous tax that hinders solar development in one of the most sun drenched places on earth.

“Today we stand to ask our governor to do the right thing,” former Republican Senator and co-chairman of Tell Utilities Solar won’t be Killed (TUSK) Barry Goldwater said at the rally. “Arizona has an abundance of sunshine and entrepreneurs. We should be able to look out on buildings and see nothing but rooftop solar. The sun will always be there. We’re asking Gov. Brewer to tear down this tax.”

Arizona’s fight over solar taxes is just one example of the outrage being felt in states around the country over new fees on solar. Utah’s main utility recently proposed a new monthly $4.25 fee on its residential solar customers, a group of solar users that’s growing rapidly in the state. Oklahoma, too, announced this year that it will charge customers who get their energy from solar panels or small wind turbines on their property. These fees are evidence of the apprehension utilities feel as rooftop solar becomes more and more popular in the U.S., a trend that threatens to overturn the traditional energy utility business model.


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