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Solar Industry Calls Xcel’s Proposed Rate Changes “Disinsentive”

Following in the footsteps of public utilities across the U.S., Xcel Energy is proposing rate changes that the utility says will bring it into lockstep with a changing energy landscape. But the rate changes are drawing the ire of the solar industry in Colorado who say the changes do not encourage homeowners to embrace clean energy technologies. Former Denver Post Energy Reporter Mark Jaffe discussed Xcel’s proposed rate changes in an interview on Empowering Colorado. Jaffe said rate changes are needed but they should accommodate alternative energy sources.

Solar Milestone

Solar power in the US is reported to have breezed past the 1 million solar installations milestone two months ago. Once called “bling for greens,” an array of solar panels visible on the roof of a home is no longer unusual. According to the solar industry trade association, solar installations are increasing rapidly while the cost of solar has come down. The recent upturn in solar was said to be accelerating “at warp speed.” “It took us 40 years to get to 1 million installations, and it will take us only two years to get to 2 million,” said Dan Whitten, vice president of communications at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

The First Steps

Walk before you run. Follow the Yellow Brick Road. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. To get anywhere, you have to start somewhere. That’s where we are now, taking our first steps.