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The Sacramento utility tried to stop solar on new homes. Local residents blew the whistle and won a delay. What’s next?

Proposal would have gutted the state’s new plan to put solar panels and batteries on new homes In November, the utility that services the Sacramento area (SMUD) tried to pass a plan that would have denied solar to thousands of new residents over the next twenty years. Local solar users pushed back and state officials put the brakes on SMUD’s…

You should not be in the dark

The lights went out on millions of people this fall. This doesn’t need to be the new normal. Here are four things to know about how we can protect our homes and communities from power outages, and five actions our leaders should take to get us there. 1) Our electrical grid is fragile. Solar and battery storage should be a…

Six tips for buying a solar-powered battery

Thinking of getting a solar-powered battery for your home or business? Here’s six tips to help you figure it all out. Solar-powered batteries can let you keep — and use — all of your solar energy Depending on its size, a battery storage system installed at your home or business stores all that extra solar energy you make during the…

Blueprint for the Utility of the Future

It is time for utilities to join the 21st century or get left in the dust. Here’s what Sacramento area solar users recently proposed to their local utility, SMUD. Nearly 1,000 SMUD customers signed a petition in support of this proposal. Could this be the blueprint for the utility of the future? September 3, 2019 Proposal for SMUD to Partner…

A huge power outage just happened. Utilities keep attacking solar & storage. State officials stand aside. What’s wrong with this picture?

We have four take-homes from this week’s PG&E power outage: Outage take-home #1: Our electrical grid is fragile. Solar and battery storage should be a key strategy to move us forward These two articles frame the issue well: From Fast Company Magazine: To keep the lights on during California’s blackouts, people are using solar power “Between the solar and the…

Good news: Cities can’t tax your solar thanks to state lawmaker action

State lawmakers took a stand for your right to make solar energy by ensuring local governments can’t tax your solar. Background: local governments often charge taxes on services like cable and electricity. They’re called Utility Utilization Taxes (UUT). A few years ago, state lawmakers correctly recognized that you should not get taxed for the solar energy that you make and…

California hits one million solar roofs milestone

This week, solar users, solar workers and students joined former Govs. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown at Buchanan High School in Clovis to celebrate hitting One Million Solar Roofs this year. It’s a huge milestone, and worth celebrating because solar has been great for the people of California. “Being a veteran, I feel that by going solar I’m still helping…

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