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YouHavethePowerThe Idaho Public Utilities Commission wants to hear from you by Sept. 1 on a plan by Idaho Power for a pilot project designed to make solar power available to those wanting to subscribe to a certain amount of solar energy and have the solar power revenues deducted from their bills.

Known as a “community solar” project, Idaho Power says its proposal responds to customer demand for clean energy. It essentially allows customers to buy a “share” of solar power that’s generated at a company-owned facility in the Treasure Valley and have that power offset a portion of their monthly bills. It’s not like putting solar panels on your rooftops that generate power that goes right into your home. Rather, this option lets you purchase locally generated solar power and have the value of that power subtracted from your bill – so you’re actually buying green power.

There’s much to be determined in how this program will be organized. For instance, should customers have to pay up-front for the full 25 years of participating in the program, or should they be allowed to pay monthly? And what should their payments be based upon? And how do we ensure that ALL customers, including those with fixed or lower incomes, are able to participate in a clean energy program? As you can see, there are many questions yet to be answered, and the PUC and Idaho Power want to hear your views. So give us all your 2 cents’ worth!

The Snake River Alliance is working on our comments to the PUC on this case, but in the meantime, here’s the news release from the PUC soliciting your comments:

And here’s a news release from Idaho Power on the same subject:


Always feel free to contact our public officials or Write a letter to the Editor!

Governor Butch Otter
Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden
Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0010
Idaho Mountain Express
Box 1013, Ketchum, ID 83340
Idaho State Journal
Box 431, Pocatello, ID 83204
Idaho Statesman
Box 40, Boise, ID 83707
Lewiston Tribune
505 Capital St., Lewiston, ID 83501
Post Register
Box 1800, Idaho Falls, ID 83403
Box 548, Twin Falls, ID 83303