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State energy regulators just launched a review of California solar. Here’s what’s at stake.

Last week, the CA Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) formally launched a review of the cornerstone policy for rooftop solar, net metering. We expected this to happen, and are preparing to fight back against an utility lobbying campaign aimed at killing off rooftop solar in California. California’s 1 million solar rooftops are helping keep the lights on Everything you need to…

Your solar helped keep the lights on this week

Los Angeles Times reporter Sammy Roth ran a news story this week that describes how solar and batteries can make mass power outages a thing of the past while also reducing pollution. Here’s five take-homes: 1) Your solar helped keep the lights on this week. Thank you! Some news stories blamed rooftop solar for the outages. The LA Times story…

Alert: SMUD launches new attack on rooftop solar

Even as power outages rip through the state, SMUD is pushing a flawed study that grossly undervalues the benefits of rooftop solar, and hands SMUD the excuse they need to discourage rooftop solar in Sacramento. Please submit a personalized note to SMUD today, outlining in your own words why the community needs more rooftop solar, not less. Speak from the heart, or use…

LA utility proposes $3,000 fee just to connect solar to grid

The utility that serves Los Angeles (LADWP) is considering charging a fee of up to $3,000 on people who install solar and battery storage systems. For homes and businesses with larger solar systems, the fee could be as much as $4,500. If approved, the fee will discourage Los Angeles residents from choosing solar and battery storage. LADWP’s proposed fee schedule….

State regulators acknowledge solar’s benefits to the grid, reject SDG&E proposed fee

Thanks to a strong outpouring of public comment from people like you, state regulators at the CA Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) rebuffed utility lobbyists on several fronts this Spring. SDG&E $39/month fee rejected In March, the CPUC officially rejected San Diego Gas & Electric’s proposal to add $39 / month to their customers’ energy bills. Over 2,500 San Diegans flooded the…

SMUD got permission to keep solar off new homes. Now what?

The CA Energy Commission voted last week to approve SMUD’s SolarShares proposal, which we predict will effectively block solar on most new homes in Sacramento area for twenty years. Many other utilities around the state supported SMUD’s proposal and we suspect they will seek the same deal. This, despite opposition from the hundreds of community members in Sacramento and around…