Solar energy supporters rally in downtown Tucson to protest TEP fees

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Supporters of solar energy rallied in downtown Tucson Monday morning to protest Tucson Electric Power's solar fee proposal.

Protesters say TEP is proposing an additional charge of more than $10 for solar customers, while reducing the amount of money credited to those customers for electricity sent back to the grid.

Organizers of the rally say they have more than 6,000 signatures they plan to send to the Arizona Corporation Commission.

TEP says under current rates, solar customers aren't paying enough to cover the cost of their electric service. The company says the proposal would ensure all customers are paying a fair rate, and that solar customers may still be able to save more than $85 per month, under normal usage.

Similar protests happened in Phoenix, as Arizona Public Service proposed a fee increase. The company decided to charge solar customers an additional $6.50.

The changes proposed by TEP must be approved by the ACC before taking effect.


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