This anti-solar fee is exactly why we need the Solar Bill of Rights

In April, the Sacramento-area utility withdrew a terrible anti-solar fee after over a thousand local solar users spoke out. It was a triumph of people power, but underscores how none of us are safe from discriminatory fees that punish us for doing the right thing. Solar users would have paid $40-60 more per month…just for having solar At issue was …

Interview with Solar Rights Alliance Executive Director

The international solar inverter company SMA recently interviewed Solar Rights Alliance Executive Director about the organization and priorities. We’re grateful for the exposure, and the opportunity to unpack how the Solar Rights Alliance is working to defend the rights of all solar users, current and future, to make their own energy from the sun without utility malarkey. Read the interview.

LA Times: Solar + Storage could be key to preventing wildfires

Bottom line? More planned electricity outages are on the way, but solar and storage can help. Here’s seven takeaways (and one cool photo): Read the LA Times article here. 1) Expect more planned electricity outages if you live in a fire-prone area. “The state‚Äôs biggest investor-owned utilities, Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison, are expected to de-energize power …

USA Today: Electric Companies Overspend by Billions

A new report by a former federal regulator documents how the lack of competition has let electric utilities overspend billions of dollars in transmission and other projects. The report estimates $8 billion in ratepayer savings in the next five years alone nationwide if just one-third of transmission projects were opened up to competition. Read the USA Today coverage of the …

Watch: Solar Bill of Rights Kickoff footage

Missed the Solar Bill of Rights Kickoff? We got you covered — check out the awesome speakers and some news clips. Thanks to Senator Scott Wiener’s office for the video footage. Act I: The BiPartisan Duo CA State Senator Scott Wiener CA State Senator Jim Nielsen Act II: The Farmer, The Homeowner, The School Official Central Valley Farmer Bill Carriere …

Go time! Five takeaways from the Solar Bill of Rights Kickoff

The Solar Bill of Rights campaign is officially live! A great crowd of solar homeowners, farmers, businesses and workers joined the bipartisan duo State Senators Scott Wiener and Jim Nielsen on the steps of the State Capitol on Feb. 19th to announce the introduction of the Solar Bill of Rights. Here’s five takeaways: 1) The right to make and store …

PV Magazine: “A voice for the solar consumer: the SRA”

Influential solar industry trade paper PV Magazine published a supportive piece about Solar Rights Alliance today. The entire article is worth reading. It does a nice job of outlining our theory of change and who is helping us get off the ground. But in our opinion, this excerpt best captures Solar Rights Alliance: What is also unique about SRA is …

Rooftop Solar Saves Everyone Money. Here’s Why.

Rooftop solar reduces the cost of running the electricity grid. That saves ratepayers real money. Here’s how: When more people in the community generate their own energy at homes and businesses, there is less need to build expensive new power plants, transmission lines and other infrastructure. Those savings are huge for everyone. Solar users will save all ratepayers over $2 …