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Mediation between solar firm, Arizona utility suspended

PHOENIX (AP) -- An agreement between the nation's largest solar company and Arizona's biggest utility to call off a contentious battle and instead negotiate on how to treat rooftop solar power has hit a major bump, and representatives for both sides said Thursday they've called off the talks.

Officials with SolarCity and Arizona Public Service Co. met just once with a mediator to try to work out a deal before suspending the negotiations. APS spokesman Jim McDonald and SolarCity representative Kris Mayes said the parties agreed to keep the talks confidential.

The April deal between APS and SolarCity ended an increasingly public fight. SolarCity was backing a voter initiative mandating that utilities pay homeowners with rooftop solar panels the full retail price for...