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Buying Into Solar: Rewards, Challenges, and Options for Rate-based Investments

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This article, originally published in Public Utilities Fortnightly's December 2009 issue, helps Investor-Owned Utilities understand the challenges associated with making rate-based investments in solar generation. In particular, the article addresses tax accounting rules that can place regulated IOUs at an economic disadvantage relative to independent power producers. The article describes the advantages that IOU investments in solar genearation offer to ratepayers, and describes how some utilities have touted these advantages to secure regulatory approval for rate-based investment in solar generation.

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