SolarCity VP sympathizes with SRP customers; casts doubt on utility’s reasoning

David Arfin, vice president of customer financing for SolarCity, the largest installer of solar power units in Arizona and California, told the Sun today that the Phoenix-based utility SRP‘s claim to have reduced incentives for solar systems partly because of “falling solar prices” fails to take into account normal seasonal fluctuations.

SolarCity VP, David Arfin

SolarCity VP, David Arfin

“It is true gross cost of systems has come down slightly since the end of 2008,” wrote Arfin in an Email, “but it’s difficult to predict what will happen this summer, when demand for solar is typically higher.”

Arfin, who was in Phoenix recently for a “Solar Summit” hosted by Greentech Media, also said he sympathized with SRP customers affected by the cuts.

A spokesman for APS, the largest supplier of electricity in the state, told the Arizona Republic that his company is not considering following SRP’s example.

“We don’t have any plans on pulling back, no plans to lower it, have not thought about it and are not talking to the Commission about it,” APS spokesman Steven Gotfried said. “We are looking for more incentives to add solar.”

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