Nevada reaches cap on net metering; solar fight continues

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 21, 2015 at 6:11 p.m.

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada has reached a statewide cap on net metering, which allows customers with solar panels at home to sell excess energy back to the utility company.

NV Energy indicated late Thursday that it had received enough applications from potential rooftop solar customers to add up to 235 megawatts, which was the limit negotiated this spring during the legislative session.

NV Energy is still accepting applications and will continue connecting personal solar installations into the grid, but people who apply now that the cap has been reached will be subject to interim rates that are expected to be adopted on Wednesday.

Rooftop solar companies say NV Energy's proposed new rate structure will kill the industry in Nevada, and say they were misled about how quickly the state would reach the cap.

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