You have the right to make energy from the sun without interference.

State officials are proposing to tax you for putting solar panels on your roof. It's another profit grab for the utilities.

We believe you have the right to make energy from the sun on your property without unreasonable interference by the utility. 

The threat to solar

On December 13th, the CPUC proposed to charge consumers a solar penalty fee of $57 per month on average – just for putting solar panels on their roof! This and the other components of the proposal are a near carbon-copy of that PG&E, So Cal Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric lobbied for.

The CPUC’s proposal would put solar out of reach for the working and middle class, just when it is taking off.

120,000 people have spoken out

On December 8th, 2021, nearly 200 solar supporters hand-delivered 50 boxes containing over 120,000 public comments from Californians calling on Governor Newsom to take a stand for rooftop solar, and against the utilities’ campaign to penalize people for putting solar panels on their rooftops.

Before we delivered the public comments, we formed a human billboard on the North Lawn of the State Capitol that spelled out the following message: “Gov: 100,000+ Say Stop Utility Profit Grab”. 

Take Action: Stop the Utility Profit Grab

Newsom: “We still have work to do”

On Monday January 10th, two reporters asked Governor Newsom where he stood on the CA Public Utilities Commission’s proposal to penalize people for choosing solar energy, and whether the proposal needed to be changed. The Governor’s answer: “We still have work to do…Do I think changes should be made? Yes, I do.” View his full response to the first and the second question. The good…

Eight take-homes from the LA Times rooftop solar story

This week, the LA Times published a story about the fight over rooftop solar, followed up by a smaller article. Here’s eight take-homes from the story. 1) Everyone loves rooftop solar, including working and middle class people. By featuring new solar user Marta Patricia Martinez, the LA Times illustrated an important fact: just under half of all new solar is…

AARP Doubles Down on their Confusion About Solar

The national association of senior citizens, AARP, recently doubled down on their confused position about rooftop solar. In doing so, AARP remains aligned with PG&E and the other California utilities’ efforts to double the cost of rooftop solar. This is unfortunate, and against the interests of senior citizens and all ratepayers suffering from blackouts and ever-increasing electricity bills. Background: AARP…