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Why The Death Of Nevada's Solar Industry Terrifies Arizona Businesses

A SunHarvest crew puts up solar panels on a residence in Scottsdale.
(Photo by Will Stone - KJZZ)
A SunHarvest crew puts up solar panels on a residence in Scottsdale.

When Nevada upturned the process of how its solar customers are charged, it cast a shadow far beyond state lines.

Just ask Brandon Cheshire. On a clear morning, a crew from his company SunHarvest was putting up panels at a home in Scottsdale.

“What happened in Las Vegas is really kind of scary because if we don't have foresight as an industry," then the same could happen here, he said. 

Nationally, the residential solar market is booming with a 66 percent increase from 2014 to 2015. And Nevada was one of the standard bearers.

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.