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Webinar & frequently asked questions about changes to California’s rooftop solar rules (aka “NEM3”)

Defying overwhelming public opposition, state officials voted in late 2022 to make drastic changes to California’s rooftop solar rules (called “net energy metering”). The decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will make it much more expensive to get rooftop solar starting in mid-April 2023. The decision mostly affects those who do not yet have solar, but can affect…

Appeal seeks to reverse CPUC’s flawed rooftop solar decision

Three nonprofit organizations have appealed the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)’s December 2022 decision to eviscerate the state’s rooftop solar program. The appeal outlines several ways in which the CPUC’s decision violates both the law and their own rules, and argues that the CPUC’s decision must be reheard and reversed. To be clear, the appeal is administrative, meaning it is…

State officials latest rooftop solar proposal will still send solar off a cliff

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) finally released the long-awaited, revised proposed decision about rooftop solar. The changes they are proposing are dramatic. (Note: the above link includes the CPUC’s 12/14/22 updates to their proposal) Watch an in-depth webinar outlining the details of the CPUC’s proposal. Take action: Tell Gov. Newsom to Keep Solar Growing Fact sheet Key details Most…

The net metering policy that puts consumers at the center

Most people, including Governor Newsom, agree that the CPUC’s proposed rooftop solar decision (Net Energy Metering 3.0 or “NEM3”) needs to be changed. The billion dollar question now is, “what changes will Governor Newsom and the CPUC make?”  Since the CPUC’s original proposal from December is so extreme, measuring the effectiveness of the Governor’s response must be based on basic…

Update: Solar Tax defeated, again!​

We are happy to report that the authors of SB 846 have agreed to clarify in writing that the bill will not impose a Solar Tax on the solar energy you produce and consume at home.  In other words, you helped defeat the Solar Tax. Again. This is the third time in the last year we have had to fight to…

The utilities are the masterminds behind the smear campaign against rooftop solar

For those who are curious, the three investor-owned utilities – PG&E, SoCal Edison and SDG&E – are behind the pressure and misinformation campaign to kill rooftop solar. The utilities’ campaign against rooftop solar is being waged by a nice-sounding front group called “Affordable Clean Energy for All”. They have a slick website called Fix the Cost Shift. They claim to…

The Solar Tax is Back (and the Solar Cliff, too)

On May 9th, the CPUC formally requested input on three changes they are considering to rooftop solar net metering. Among these changes is a Solar Tax of $300 to $600 per year on average. In other words, the CPUC appears to be pursuing a re-packaged version of their disastrous proposal in December.  As we feared, the utilities have so captured…

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