Tags: tax on the sun | solar power | State Corporation Commission | Appalachian Power

Power Company to Charge 'Tax on Sun' for Solar Power

By    |   Tuesday, 02 Dec 2014 03:56 PM

Virginia's State Corporation Commission has approved a plan from Appalachian Power to charge homeowners who use solar power systems over 10 kilowatts.

Even with intervention from environmental groups — who had dubbed the regulation a "tax on the sun" — the SCC OK'd the plan that allows "stand-by" fees of up to $100 monthly, "regardless of how much electricity the homeowner actually draws from the grid," noted the consumer website powerforthepeopleva.com.

The Sierra Club and others had argued via attorneys from the Southern Environmental Law Center that such a charge was misguided. Only five customers will reportedly be impacted by the ruling, an Appalachian Power spokesman told the Daily Progress.

Some utilities have pushed back against more consumers adopting such power methods amid fears an increase in solar will cost them profits.

Noted the website: "The SCC has repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to accept without scrutiny utility assertions that solar customers impose costs on other customers."

By contrast, solar power advocates contend that "solar systems produce power at times of peak demand, reducing the need for utilities to buy expensive peak power, and therefore actually saving them money," the website noted.

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