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Tucson Electric proposes solar-panel program

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 18, 2014 at 11:09 am •  Published: August 18, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A second major Arizona utility wants to launch a new program to provide customers with company-owned rooftop solar panels.

Tucson Electric Power is asking the Arizona Corporation Commission to let it provide customers with the panels without up-front charges in exchange for the customers paying a fixed monthly electric rate guaranteed for 25 years.

Phoenix-based Arizona Public Service Co. recently proposed a similar program but with different terms. APS' program would run 20 years and provide a $30 monthly credit.

The Arizona Daily Star ( ) reports that Tucson Electric would own the systems it provides its customers and that the fixed monthly electric rate would be based on historical usage.