So what’s the next step for solar proponents?
There’s two things going on that are a response to the ruling, one of which is far more promising for solar in Nevada than the other.
The best one – many in the public, non-profit, and private sector will have to put substantial pressure on state legislators to change state policies…or they will face re-election problems. In simple terms, you will see many TV ads from organizations funded by Solar City and Sun Run that directly oppose state elected officials in their upcoming elections this November if they don’t publicly support solar policy changes. Many of these state representatives and senators are encountering a more solar-savvy electorate who want more favorable solar policies.
The other one – Governor Sandoval has requested a bill for next spring that would “grandfather” existing customers back into their old rates which is about 30,000 customers. NV Energy recently announced it’s pursuing an effort to do the same through the Nevada Public Utilities Commission. But we’ll believe that when we see it.