Utility profit grab will cost consumers $120 billion

The utility profit grab to kill rooftop solar will cost California consumers $120 billion and squander 374,000 clean energy jobs over the next thirty years. That’s the conclusion of a new report by Vibrant Clean Energy, led by energy researcher Dr. Christopher Clack. Rooftop solar and batteries reduce the cost of the electrical grid The report found that by making …

White Paper: How the utilities use tricky math to vilify rooftop solar

Get the full White Paper: The Utility “Cost Shift” Fallacy: How the utilities use tricky math to vilify rooftop solar Summary Rooftop solar and battery storage helps reduce the cost of the electrical grid, saving all ratepayers money The continued growth of rooftop solar and battery storage is key to a successful clean energy transition that puts the needs of …

Guest post: Response to Utility-Led Arguments Against Against Rooftop Solar

Editor’s Note: Bill Powers is a well-regarded engineer and policy expert. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Protect Our Communities Foundation, a San Diego-based nonprofit conservation group. Solar Rights Alliance invited Mr. Powers to submit this guest post to help clarify the misinformation that utilities and others are spreading through the media. Guest Blog Post: Response to …

Eight take-homes from the LA Times rooftop solar story

This week, the LA Times published a story about the fight over rooftop solar, followed up by a smaller article. Here’s eight take-homes from the story. 1) Everyone loves rooftop solar, including working and middle class people. By featuring new solar user Marta Patricia Martinez, the LA Times illustrated an important fact: just under half of all new solar is …

Rooftop solar is good for turtles and cactuses

Another week, another insightful piece by LA Times’ Sammy Roth. This time, Sammy highlights the tension between large-scale renewable energy and protecting open space in the California desert – and notes how rooftop solar can ameliorate this tension. The LA Times article cites two contrasting studies about how to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, which is the Biden …

LA Times: Solar & batteries to the rescue!

This week’s LA Times reports that increasing the number of solar homes and businesses with battery backup could help avert massive power outages during next summer’s likely heat waves. Here’s seven take-homes from the article: 1) When rooftop solar is paired with a battery, the extra solar energy can get stored in the garage and used when the sun gooes …

Solar helped save California’s butt last month. Will state officials finally get it?

During last month’s power outages, state officials desperate to put more power on the grid practically begged solar users with batteries to share the extra power stored in their batteries. The New York Times went behind the scenes this week to report the details. Over 30,000 solar battery customers answered the state’s call for their stored energy. These folks delivered …

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 …