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Nevada Panel Takes First Steps Toward Solar 'Grandfathering'

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(AP) — A Nevada panel has taken the first steps toward securing more favorable rates for the state's early-adopter solar customers.

Members of an energy task force committee focused on rooftop solar issues recommended Wednesday that the state "grandfather" customers who applied to go solar by Dec. 31, 2015. The policy allows those customers go back to the more generous rate structure for 25 years from the date they started using their panels.

The Public Utilities Commission increased rates in December. Rooftop solar companies cut jobs in Nevada, saying the rates made their business models unviable.

The committee's recommendation will go up for consideration by the full energy task force and could become a bill in the 2017 legislative session.