The Arizona Corporation Commission ruled yesterday that the connection fee that houses with solar panels would have to pay to be connected to the grid was $4.90 a month. There was a highly recommended diary in anticipation so I thought people would be interested in how it turned out. Personally, I think $4.90/month is a perfectly reasonable fee considering that people are still benefiting and need the grid even if their net usage is zero. It's hard for me to tell how realistic the $50-100 numbers ever were in the first place. Were they a scare tactic by the people who wanted $0 to drum up outrage, or were they a negotiation ploy by APS to get their $4.90? I mean hell, $100 is nearly our entire non-summer electric bill for a fairly large house.
So hopefully now that we know the real number is only $4.90, we can have a more reasoned discussion.