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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…

Eight ways your solar benefits everyone

The utilities often falsely tell lawmakers that your solar is an expensive burden on the electrical grid. Solar users know the truth: your solar system not only benefits you individually, but the entire community as well. Now, a new report by the nonprofit Environment America spells out many of the ways your solar benefits society. In this post, we summarize…

Solar heros of the month

These folks helped lead the successful grassroots opposition to the Sacramento utility’s proposed $40-$60 per month solar fee. Since then, they’ve organized lobby days for the Solar Bill of Rights and launched a new campaign to improve their utility’s approach to solar. Pictured left to right are Gabor Leidenfrost, Lee Miller and Alan Escarda (Solar Rights Alliance Executive Director Dave…