After the uproar over Nevada's Public Utilities Commission (PUC) decision to eliminate net metering policies, the state utility NV Energy is backtracking and proposing to grandfather in the current solar customers for the next 20 years.

The original decision to affect current solar panel owners was the first in the United States and caused a public outcry. SolarCity also recently ceased future operation in the state, though it is still servicing its existing clients.

"This grandfathering proposal is being offered in recognition of NV Energy’s desire to treat all customers, including those who had previously made a decision to install rooftop solar, fairly,” said Paul Caudill, NV Energy CEO and president.

“We recognize the difficult job that the PUCN, PUCN staff, policy makers, and for that matter, all parties in this proceeding have had in trying to reach decisions on this complex issue,” added Caudill. “We also understand the history of net metering in Nevada and that a fair, stable and predictable cost environment is important to all of our customers. Our proposal seeks a balance for those who selected solar prior to the implementation of the new rules ordered by the PUCN and those without solar.”

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