Is this sunny state trying to kill solar power?

Nevada has turned into a sunny battleground for the future of solar in the U.S., with regulators there moving to make solar power less attractive to homeowners and businesses and pitching utilities against solar-power companies.

SunRun Inc. RUN, -9.71% on Thursday said it was pulling out of Nevada, which the company said will result in hundreds of job losses. A day earlier, SolarCity Corp. SCTY, -6.24% announced the same move, saying that about 550 jobs would be lost.

The Solar Energy Industries Association estimates that nearly 6,000 people in Nevada are employed in the solar industry. Besides affecting jobs, the new rules cut down on the savings that many homeowners count on from going solar.

Three [public-utility] commissioners have decided that 18,000 Nevadans cannot get the same rates they signed up for, Lisa Kershaw, Las Vegas resident

Just before Christmas, Nevada utility regulators approved higher fees and lower credits for solar-powered homes and businesses, although state regulators may review that decision at a meeting later this month.

Three [public-utility] commissioners have decided that 18,000 Nevadans cannot get the same rates they signed up for, said Lisa Kershaw, a Las Vegas resident, who had a leased rooftop solar array connected in June and saw her July bill dwindle to about $120 from about $270 in previous years.

Kershaw doesnt know yet how much more shed have to pay if the new rules remain in place.

I havent done that math yet, I was just so outraged, she said. Las Vegas residents can count on having a sunny day 85% of the time, according to the National Weather Service.

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