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Solar Advocates Question Va. Rate Proposal

Solar power advocates are challenging a residential rate proposal by Dominion Virginia Power that they contend would create disincentives for a renewable energy source that is already lagging in the state.

The proposed increase is called a standby charge and it would
apply to large-scale residential solar customers when their thermal
panels aren't generating enough electricity, typically at night.

The General Assembly approved legislation that allows the standby
rates for residential solar-generation systems ranging from 10
kilowatt hours to 20 kilowatt hours.

The State Corporation Commission is scheduled to hear the rate
case Thursday. Regulators typically don't immediately rule on rate

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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