Lawsuit against NEM3 rooftop solar decision appealed to State Supreme Court

On December 20, 2023, the State Court of Appeal in San Francisco rejected the lawsuit appealing the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)’s December 2022 “NEM3” decision. The lawsuit called for the CPUC’s decision to be overturned on the grounds that the CPUC’s decision violates both the law and their own rules. The organizations who brought the lawsuit now plan to …

Town Halls! Phone calls! Letters! Wow! How your actions have made a difference

Defending rooftop solar from the utilities and their government enablers is a bit of a roller coaster ride.  Over the last few years, we’ve learned some important lessons on how to beat back the utilities, and we’ve had some important wins that have kept rooftop solar alive in California. We are publishing these lessons so that our shared Alliance can …

CPUC blocks rooftop solar for farms, schools, and many renters. Will state lawmakers overrule them?

For years, the utilities have tried and failed to block homeowners from making and using their own solar energy. We’ve stopped them every time. But last month, the utilities succeeded in blocking solar rights for schools, farmers, and many renters. This, despite overwhelming opposition from renters’ advocates, affordable housing organizations, school districts, farmers, and the general public. At this point, …

Understanding Your True-Up Statement

The True-Up Statement can sometimes be confusing to new solar owners. This article is intended to help answer common questions many new solar users have. People who go solar will see some changes to their utility bill. Solar users continue to get a monthly statement from your utility. In addition, solar users receive a “True-Up Statement” from the utility on …

State agency proposal threatens consumer warranties for solar and batteries

The state Contractor Licensing Board (CSLB) has proposed a utility-backed proposal that could threaten the warranties on many people’s solar and battery systems. Overall, their proposal would make it more difficult and expensive for consumers to install and repair solar-powered batteries. What is being proposed The Contractors State Licensing Board (CSLB) has proposed prohibiting licensed solar contractors from doing the …

Six tips for buying a solar-powered battery

Thinking of getting a solar-powered battery for your home or business to protect you from the next power outage? Here’s six tips to help you figure it all out. For deeper dives: Solar Rights Alliance: Solar-Powered Batteries Webinar The Energy Show’s podcast: Which Batteries Are Best For Your Home? Solar-powered batteries can let you keep — and use — all …

Thanks to you, more than 200 cities are cutting solar red tape

Over the past year, thousands of solar users successfully pushed their local governments to streamline their solar permitting process, helping to make it faster and easier for their neighbors to go solar. See if your city or county has taken the first step. If you don’t see them on the map you can use these resources to nudge them to do so. …