PHOENIX — Applications for residential rooftop solar installations to Arizona Public Service Co. are returning to 2016 levels, the last year before the utility changed how it paid users for extra power generated.
Through the first six months of this year, APS reported that the utility received 7,116 applications for residential solar through the first six months of the year, compared with 6,894 for the same time during 2016.
Those numbers represent a rebound for applications following a drop-off for most of 2018 after the Arizona Corporation Commission agreed to allow APS to lower the rate at which it would pay solar users for power.
The program, known as net metering, allows for residential solar power not used by homes to flow back to the grid.
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