Arizona

Jul 13, 2014 6:22 PM by Associated Press

Solar industry slowing down in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) - After years of rapid growth, Arizona's solar industry appears to be losing some of its heat.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1mZa220) that utility regulators are wrestling with how much of a premium to charge energy customers for using solar or other renewable energy sources.

Furthermore, there are no large solar plants being built in Arizona for the first time in several years and the number of rooftop-solar installations is down.

Experts predict the solar market nationwide to grow by one-third this year, compared to 2013.

The additional costs related to utilizing alternative energy have been the subject of heated debate among regulators, utility officials and consumers.

In Arizona, the renewable-energy standard mandates utilities get 15 percent of their energy from solar and other renewables by 2025.

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