By John Rogers
Utahns who have installed rooftop solar energy systems and those who plan to do so have a couple of important dates to remember under an agreement negotiated late last month between solar advocates and Rocky Mountain Power and endorsed by the Utah Public Service Commission. The agreement followed anxious negotiations among the stakeholders over the costs and advantages of rooftop solar energy generation.
The agreement grandfathers current solar consumers under existing “export credit levels” — the way the utility awards customers for excess energy they feed back onto the grid, known as net metering — until 2035. That’s the first date to remember. The second is Nov. 15 — next month. Customers who submit a completed interconnection application to the utility company by that date — the net metering “cap date” — will be eligible for the current reimbursement structure.