Iowa Supreme Court To Hear Solar Power Case

The Supreme Court courtroom in the Judicial Branch Building in Des Moines.

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By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court is hearing a case that could shape the future of how solar power is sold in the state and region.

The case involves electric companies and Eagle Point Solar, a Dubuque solar energy company. Attorneys and advocates for both sides will argue in front of the high court Wednesday.

Eagle Point Solar wants to install its solar systems on businesses or city buildings and then sell the electricity produced back to the entity.

Attorneys for the electric companies say the arrangement violates state law, which gives the electric companies exclusive rights to those customers.

The Des Moines Register reports the Iowa Supreme Court will determine if Eagle Point Solar should be classified under state law as a public utility like the electric companies.

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