Gov. Gary R. Herbert today announced an unprecedented accomplishment in the advancement of sustainable rooftop solar energy in Utah.
State and local government entities, Rocky Mountain Power, solar industry participants, and non-governmental interest groups have proposed a settlement of net metering and distributed generation matters that provides a wise and sustainable path for rooftop solar development in Utah. The agreement was filed with the Utah Public Service Commission in the current net metering docket, 14-035-114, and will be considered at PSC hearings to be held in September.
The agreement allows current net metering customers to maintain existing export credit levels through December 31, 2035, while ending net metering for new customers that submit an application after November 15, 2017. Subsequent to the close of the net metering program to new customers, the agreement establishes a three-year transition program to provide export credits for rooftop solar customers that deliver solar energy onto the Rocky Mountain Power system. Through this transition period, Utah’s solar companies and their customers will be able to adjust and adapt to a new unsubsidized program for solar generation exported to the grid. The value of this energy will be determined by the PSC, based on a study that will commence this year and conclude no later than 2020.
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