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Residential Solar Installation Fees Required by Arkansas Electric Coops Raise Concern

Patrick Villines
Project manager, Andrew Coldiron, with New Farm Solar walks through a fresh installation.

A growing number of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives are charging extra fees for residential solar installation and net metering, fees not sanctioned by the Arkansas Public Service Commission — which holds oversight so is investigating the matter. Patrick Villines, proprietor of New Farm Solarsays the additonal fees are deterring solar adoption in at least one rural electric cooperative district. 

Jacqueline Froelich is an investigative reporter and news producer for Ozarks at Large.
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