What can you do to give customers another choice to use solar power even if they cannot afford private solar panels or do not want them on their home, or are renters rather than owners of their residency?
In Salt Lake City, PacifiCorp has announced that its subsidiary Rocky Mountain Power came up with a great solution to these issues, and their program sold out in advance of expectations.
Under Rocky Mountain Power’s Subscriber Solar Program, customers are given a new choice to get their power from the sun.
Rocky Mountain Power purchased the output of a 20-megawatt solar plant in Millard County, Utah to pass on to participants in the program. The panels are now installed for the 20-megawatt solar plant near Holden, Utah, for the Subscriber Solar program and will be on-line for customers on January 1, 2017. Customers subscribed in blocks of 200-kwh, which offsets usage on their energy bills.
Customers can keep their subscription for up to 20 years. If they move to another site in Utah served by Rocky Mountain Power, their solar blocks go with them.
Billing for the program will begin in January 2017. Once billing begins, customers have 30 days to cancel blocks to avoid a $50 cancellation fee per block. Cancelation fees are waived if you keep your subscription for at least three years. When customers cancel their subscription, the blocks are offered to the next customer on the wait list.
The Subscriber Solar program became available for commercial and industrial customers in May and residential customers in June, and was fully subscribed as of November 8, 2016. The website has been switched over to take customer applications for the wait list. As blocks become available, customers on the wait list will be given priority to reserve blocks in the future. Residential customers signed up after using an online calculator to find out how much the program would cost or save them. Commercial customers can request an analysis to see how the program would impact their bills. Participants subscribe in 200-kilowatt-hour blocks up to their total average monthly usage.