- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Bureau of Consumer Protection is asking regulators to put a hold on a controversial new rate structure for customers with rooftop solar panels.

Nevada Consumer Advocate Eric Witkoski filed the request on Thursday, two days after the Public Utilities Commission voted to move forward with new rates that phase out subsidies and raise prices over five years.

Witkoski says solar customers who bought their panels years ago may not have been aware that their rates could change along with those for future customers. He also says the changes could drastically alter private contracts consumers signed with rooftop solar companies, and that could be legally questionable.

Rooftop solar company SolarCity says it’s ceasing solar panel sales and installation for Nevadans in light of the rate change.

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