The battle between solar power purveyors and "the grid" has heated up and hit home.
Last week, as Las Vegas Sun staffer Daniel Rothberg reports, SolarCity decided to exit the Nevada market for sale and installation of rooftop solar panels after regulators approved a cut in the amount utility-player NV Energy pays solar customers to buy excess power.
The business decision has big implications for people and jobs in Nevada, and brings an ongoing skirmish between solar players and public utility economics to a level of all-out war. Nevada's Governor Brian Sandoval is not happy with the SolarCity move, but neither is SolarCity. Rothberg writes:
“This is a very difficult decision but Governor (Brian) Sandoval and his PUC leave us no choice,” SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive said in a statement. “The people of Nevada have consistently chosen solar, but yesterday their state government decided to end customer choice, damage the state’s economy and jeopardize thousands of jobs.”
Who says there's nothing new under the sun?