We are thrilled to share that two of the five clean energy candidates in yesterday’s SRP election won seats on the board. This is a great step forward for renewable energy in Arizona!
Solar and renewable energy advocates Corey Hawkey and Randy Miller will replace two incumbents on the SRP Board of Directors, the governing body for SRP that sets customers’ electricity rates and determines SRP’s water and electric policies.
Over 5,000 SRP district customers voted in the election, which is a huge increase in turnout compared to previous SRP board elections. These results mean four out of the fourteen board members are dedicated to renewable energy and a cleaner future for our state.
A formerly approved rate plan sparked the call for clean energy candidates in this race. In 2015, the existing SRP board of Directors approved a rate plan that eliminated the return on investment for potential and existing solar customers, ultimately limiting the choice and incentive to choose this renewable form of clean energy. After the board passed the rate change, SRP received 50 percent fewer applications for solar installations just within the first year. Since then, solar installations in SRP neighborhoods have decreased by 80 percent.
Hawkey and Miller campaigned on the promise to embrace clean energy where SRP has failed, and to increase the amount of clean energy that SRP uses to create its own power.
Here at SunHarvest Solar, we are excited to see this advancement in our state’s renewable energy future. Way to go, Arizona!