ACC Vote on APS Rate Hike Increase Approved – New Grandfathering Date

by Aimee on August 16, 2017

Arizona solar Phoenix Scottsdale rebate installing solar panels financingPost #19 – ACC Vote on APS Rate Hike Increase Approved – New Grandfathering Date 

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) voted on Tuesday, August 15th in favor of the amended Arizona Public Service (APS) rate hike proposal. Although the regular electricity rate hike for all APS customers will take place on the 19th, the deadline date to apply for a new (or existing) photovoltaic system, and be grandfathered into the current rates, is August 31, 2017.

Prospective solar customers can ensure they are grandfathered into the current, more favorable net metering rates if they’ve submitted a complete APS Interconnection Application on by August 31, 2017, the new APS deadline date. A complete Interconnection Application includes a signed installer contract, two signed APS documents, 2-3 technical design drawings for the photovoltaic (PV) system, and a completed Installer Application.

Existing solar customers who want to expand their PV systems will also need to meet all of the above Application criteria to ensure they will have grandfather rights.

Black Platinum Solar & Electric can still provide systems for new customers who sign contracts with us no later than August 23, 2017. We need to set that date to ensure that all the APS requirements (above) can be completed by August 31, 2017. However, please note our 2017 installation schedule is full due to the great demand for getting systems in place under the grandfathered rates, so customers signing contracts with us this coming week will be booked for a January 2018 installation completion. This timeframe should still fall into the 180-day installation requirement stipulated by APS, but still no announcement from APS on that point. We will keep you apprised of the outcome.

For more details on the ACC vote, check out this article from, “APS electricity bills going up as rate increase is approved.” Also for further explanation about the grandfathering option, check out Blog Post #15: “What the Heck is APS Grandfathering Anyway?

Call Black Platinum Solar & Electric today at 623-434-3340 for a free estimate.

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