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Public Hearing Will Discuss REU’s Solar Payments To Customers

The thorny issue of the amount of money solar customers are paid by the City of Redding will be discussed next week. A public hearing will be held on Tuesday December 17th at 6PM at the council chambers on Cypress Avenue. The issue is how much REU will pay homeowners with solar panels for surplus electricity they produce. In the past, they were paid the same rate as they were charged for buying power from the city, amounting to a subsidy to solar customers. This year, the city has met it’s obligation under state law that required it to pay retail, rather than wholesale prices for power. A solar committee, formed in September, has come up with 4 recommendations. Three of them involve paying a lower rate, while one would keep the status quo. The city council has previously announced that current customers will receive the retail rate for 30 years. It includes anyone signed up by the end of the year.