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Residents outraged by solar power price hike

Posted at 1:06 AM, Jan 22, 2016
Residents are still outraged about their new solar energy plans. Thursday night, a meeting was held by Solar NV to try and calm some of their nerves.
Solar NV holds informative meetings every month, but this one was unusually packed. The president of Solar NV says that's because of the recent change in rate for solar users that is forcing them to pay more.
"I'm definitely upset about it. I've been on Twitter and Facebook and I've called all of our Legislators and complained loudly and 'longly' about it. Clearly, we're not being listened to by the PUC and they're not acting in our best interest," said solar power user Paul Scott.
While all the information is still not crystal clear, the change in rate does mean you will be paying more. President of Solar NV, Guy Snow, says expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $300 extra per year.
"Now we see that everybody is upset, now maybe we should go ahead and do a full study and see what we can do to get a factual study out there that has facts and decisions and are made on facts rather than what we have now," said Solar NV President Guy Snow.
As upset as Paul Scott is, he is trying to be proactive and optimistic about the lifestyle changes he will have to make.
"One of the things I was looking at is a technology that would take the heat from the air conditioner and use that to heat the pool so it would make the air conditioner run more efficiently and keep the pool warm during the summer," said Scott.
Snow says lifestyle changes are going to be key. He says it's all about self consumption now. For instance, he suggests, when it's sunny out, use the energy you're saving with your solar panels at that very moment. Don't wait and send it back to PUC for credit. Snow says, if you can do that, then you'll be OK.
He gives the example that you should run your dishwasher and your dryer in the middle of the day when it is sunny to get the most bang for your buck.
"Solar is not dead in the state of Nevada we're still doing solar and solar is still alive," said Snow.