Solar advocates are concerned that the transition to a localized value-of-solar rate is happening too soon.
State officials had planned to waive the usual prohibition on back channel communication between regulators and parties.
A projected spike in the rate Xcel Energy pays community solar projects caused stakeholders to reassess the formula.
After falling for a few years, the rate paid to community solar projects is projected to surge in 2020 if changes aren’t made.
It’s a complicated formula with eight key variables, some of which are more volatile or subjective than others. Here’s a closer look.