Solar panel in New Mexico

VICTORY: New Mexico Terminates Punitive Charge on Solar Customers

Commission reopens opportunity to expand solar access, reduce bills by ending SPS’s longstanding fee on solar customers SANTA FE, NM – Today, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) ordered Southwestern Public Service (SPS) to terminate Rate 59, a fee on solar customers that cost typical households with rooftop solar more than $300 a year. ...

Solar panel installation toward renewable energy

Will New Mexico’s Commission Finally Reverse Seven Years of Unfair Charges for Rooftop Solar?

In 2011, Southwestern Public Service Company (SPS) saddled rooftop solar customers with a “standby charge” for backing up customers’ distributed generation systems. The charge, known as Rate 59, translated to about $13 (growing to $37 over the subsequent 5 years) for the average household’s solar project each month. It worked like a charm: rooftop solar ...

Net Metering

Like rollover minutes for a cell phone, net metering gives solar energy customers full credit on their utility bills for the excess clean power they contribute to the grid.

This simple billing arrangement is one of the most important state policies for helping Americans generate their own power from the sun. By encouraging private investment in local solar power, it’s creating jobs, reducing utility costs, and building a cleaner energy future for us all.