Changes to Trico’s Net Metering Tariff
At its Open Meeting held February 8, 2017, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) approved changes to Trico’s Net Metering Tariff in Decision No. 75976.
The changes include:
- Residential Members who submit rooftop solar applications after February 24, 2017 will take service under Trico’s DG Energy Export Tariff. Under the DG Energy Export Tariff, solar generated in excess of the Member’s own needs will be purchased by Trico at the rate of 7.7 cents per kWh, rather than netted or credited at the full retail rate. All on-site energy consumed by the residential Member will remain credited at the full retail rate.
- Members who applied for renewable interconnection on or before February 24, 2017, are grandfathered under Trico’s existing Net Metering Tariff.
- Non-Residential Members who submit rooftop solar applications after February 24, 2017 are still eligible to take service under Trico’s Net Metering Tariff.
For more information regarding Trico's rate case, please see the links below.
Thinking of going solar?
Please click on the Consumer Guide to Rooftop Solar link below for answers to commonly asked questions of new solar customers:
SunWatts Program Details
|SunWatts Interconnection Application For Leased PV Systems|
|SunWatts Interconnection Application For Owned PV Systems|
|SunWatts Solar Water Heating Guide|
|SunWatts Green Energy Purchase Program|
To find a licensed solar installer please refer to the AZROC Website
|SunWatts Incentives Summary|
|Technology||Up-Front Incentives||Performance Based Incentives|
|Solar Water Heating||$0.40/kWh for first year||Not eligible|
The Trico Community Sun Farm
Do you want to take advantage of the benefits of solar without the hassle of a rooftop system?
When you take part in the Trico Sun Farm, you get all the benefits of rooftop solar without any of the issues. The Sun Farm is located at Trico's office and Trico handles all the maintenance and upkeep. Plus, Trico guarantees the kilowatt-hour output for 20 years.
Each panel has a rated-output of 270 watts. You can purchase panels in full, half- or quarter-size increments. Prices are:
* $920 for a full panel
* $460 for a half panel
* $230 for a quarter panel
You get a kilowatt-hour (kWh) credit on your monthly electric bill based on the number of panels you buy.
* 36 kWh for a full panel
* 18 kWh for a half panel
* 9 kWh for a quarter panel
For example, if you purchase one full-size panel, each month you will get a credit of 36 kWh on your monthly bill. Let's say your electric usage is 1,000 kWh. Your electric bill will be calculated based on a usage of 964 kWh to reflect the output of your solar panels.
Want to get started? Click here to download an application!
Click here to view Trico's ACC-approved SunWatts Sun Farm Tariff.
Click here to view the Sun Farm Solar Energy Output Purchase Agreement.
Ask questions before leasing solar panels
As a result of an increase in complaints from citizens in Arizona who have purchased or leased systems, the legislature has approved a law that requires mandatory disclosure for solar purchases and leases. The bill went into effect on January 1, 2016.
Before signing any agreement, you should take the time to read the fine print thoroughly, get the responses back in writing and ask questions. Some questions you may want to ask:
- Make sure you understand how much this system will cost over the life of the lease or purchase. Understand any interest or fees to be paid. Total number of payments and due dates.
- Who has the tax obligations, including the increase in property values?
- Ensure they write down any tax incentives and rebates you might be eligible for and who will be getting them. You or the installer?
- How and can the warranty or maintenance obligations be sold or transferred to anyone else?
- What happens if you sell your home (what happens to the lease)?
- What statistics are the installers using for projection of future electric rates?
- What is the combination of lease costs and electric bills and what are you paying now. Do you save?
Before agreeing to install a PV system at your home, you should review all of the requirements of Arizona Senate Bill 1465. Trico will be requiring that all solar Interconnection Applications received on or after January 1, 2016, contain the required information in Arizona Senate Bill 1465.
Remember, our State Legislature and Governor would not have passed this bill if there weren’t a lot of complaints. If you feel that you may be the victim customer fraud, contact the Arizona Attorney General’s Tucson office at 628-6504. Consumers can also file complaints online by visiting the Attorney General’s website at azag.gov.