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NV Energy proposes residential green rider program as rooftop solar alternative

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As rooftop solar increases in popularity across the nation, utilities are exploring ways to access the market so far dominated by third party installers like SolarCity and Sunrun. Typically, they look to meet that need through community solar programs or utility-owned rooftop solar pilots, as have been approved in Arizona. NV Energy appears to be expanding on the trend with its solar-pricing rider. Typically aimed at larger commercial and industrial customers, renewable energy riders apply a charge for procured wind and solar energy to customers' bills, allowing them to purchase clean power from a central array, rather than building one themselves.