AriSeia Announces the Arizona Energy Futures Conference
"Solar: A Force For Economic Development"
Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 9am to 4pm
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APS Rate Case - Higher rates, solar changes now effective as of September 1st
APS customers had until August 31st to submit complete interconnection applications to APS in order to be grandfathered under earlier solar policy. Basic rates have increased and net metering was eliminated, replaced by a fixed purchase rate that starts at $0.129 per kwhr and will decrease in the future. Further details are posted in a link below.
Quick APS Links:
News Release (Aug. 15, 2017)
Summary for Residential Customers
Summary for Business Customers
Solar Grandfathering Fact Sheet
The Arizona Solar Center has put together an unofficial summary of the new APS rate schedules for new solar customers, click here.
APS Stakeholder announcement August 21,2017- See Grandfathering
APS Stakeholder announcement Aug 21, 2017
An APS Stakeholder Interconnection Forum has been scheduled for September 21, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We will be meeting at the Ocotillo Training Center, 1701 East Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281. Please enter via the north entrance which is located on the south side of Rio Salado Parkway.
- Public Safety
- Current Interconnection Information and Updates
- Engineering Updates
To gain access to the facility, RSVP is required to attend. Please send the names of the individuals attending from your company, email address and phone number for each attendee, to Stakeholder Comments, no later than September 15, 2017.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Web-ex will NOT be available. For those not able to attend, the presentation will be uploaded to the APS website at Renewable Energy Research.
The site address is: 1701 East Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281. Start at McClintock Dr. and Rio Salado Parkway, then head west to first driveway entrance on south side of Rio Salado and enter property.
APS Renewable Energy Team
Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) Changes Affect Solar Business and Customers
AriSEIA reported this past November that the TPT exemption covering the installation of solar energy systems would expire at the end of the year with new regulations going into effect on January 1, 2017. A bill was introduced in the last session of the Arizona Legislature to make the exception permanent, but it did not receive a hearing. Since there was no bill passed to extend the exemption, the new regulations are in effect. Below is the notice TEP sent to its contractors:
The First Regular Session of the 53rd Arizona Legislature adjourned last week and we wanted to make you aware of an important change that may affect your tax liability as a solar contractor. As of January 1, 2017, the gross proceeds of sales or gross income derived from a contract to provide and install a solar energy device are now taxable under the State of Arizona’s transaction privilege tax statute (see Arizona Revised Statutes Section 42-5075.B.13). An exemption for this activity had been enacted in 1996 with a sunset date of January 1, 2017. A legislator in UES’ service territory, Senator Sonny Borelli (R - Lake Havasu City), had introduced legislation that would have eliminated the sunset date and made the tax exemption permanent. However, the bill did not receive a hearing and this exemption is no longer effective as of January 1, 2017. Additionally, a policy rider effecting the exemption was not included in the budget signed by Governor Ducey.
From December 31, 1996 and up to January 1, 2017, the gross proceeds of sales or gross income derived from a contract to provide and install a solar energy device (commonly called Sales Tax in Arizona) were exempt. It appears that this is no longer the situation and sales of solar devices may be subject to sales tax (TPT). Thank your legislators.
Editorial Note: A review of the Arizona Revised Statutes http://www.azleg.gov/arstitle/ Title 42-5061 (M) on 6-6-2017 indicates "M. There shall be deducted from the tax base the amount received from sales of solar energy devices.....". Apparently only contracting is affected by the above TPT change. Watch this space for updates as the Arizona solar industry researches this subject.