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
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