10 Jun '13, 12pm

Should Rooftop Solar Leasing Companies Be Treated as Utilities?

A solar rooftop company that entered into a long-term contract to supply electricity to a city building in Dubuque, Iowa from solar panels it mounted on the roof is not making retail sales of electricity, an Iowa court said. The decision could open a hole in retail sale restrictions that prevent rooftop solar companies from entering into power purchase agreements with customers in other states if the logic the Iowa court used were to be adopted more widely. The court said the solar company is really in the business of making energy efficiency improvements that reduce the amount of electricity a customer takes from the grid rather than selling the customer electricity. Many solar companies retain ownership of rooftop systems and lease them to customers. The customers pay rent that is roughly 85 percent of what they pay the local utility for power. However, it is not a good ...

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