Gov. Newsom and 32 legislators kill bills to Stop the Big Utility Tax

Over the last month, a small group of state lawmakers killed two bills to stop the big Utility Tax (AB 1999 and SB 1326).  That means these lawmakers effectively voted to slap ratepayers with a $24/month Utility Tax, and increase utility bills on four million households.  The general public, hundreds of nonprofit groups, and more than 30 legislators fought to …

Why legislators must say no to the utilities’ newest Solar Tax proposal

The utilities and their allies are trying to tax your solar, again. This time, they’ve hidden a new version of the Solar Tax in Gov. Newsom’s proposed budget. Just like their previous Solar Tax proposals, the more energy your solar panels produce, the higher the Solar Tax would be. Details on what is being proposed The Solar Tax is the …

Why we support Derek Cressman for SMUD Board of Directors

Derek Cressman is a rooftop solar supporter who is running for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Board of Directors, Ward 4. Solar Rights Alliance has decided to endorse Derek. If you are a voter in District 4, we encourage you to vote for him. If you are not a Ward 4 voter, we encourage you to volunteer and/or donate …

Mia Livas Porter is the best choice for Assembly District 52

Mia Livas Porter is a rooftop solar supporter who is running to represent California Assembly District 52. Solar Rights Alliance has decided to endorse Mia. This is the first time Solar Rights Alliance has endorsed any candidate running for the Legislature. We want to share our reasons for taking this unprecedented step. 1) Mia Livas Porter is running to replace …

AARP Doubles Down on their Confusion About Solar

The national association of senior citizens, AARP, recently doubled down on their confused position about rooftop solar. In doing so, AARP remains aligned with PG&E and the other California utilities’ efforts to double the cost of rooftop solar. This is unfortunate, and against the interests of senior citizens and all ratepayers suffering from blackouts and ever-increasing electricity bills. Background: AARP …

Utility bosses: If you make us look bad, there’s gonna be trouble

HGTV Property Brothers’ Jonathan Scott recently made his directorial debut in the documentary Power Trip. Power Trip follows Scott as he travels through the United States uncovering a deeply entrenched, powerful system that’s preventing Americans from powering their lives with solar.  Scott told the LA Times in a recent interview that at least one utility tried to pull his movie …

Over 2,000 San Diego solar users fight proposed utility fee

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is proposing to add $39 per month to their solar customers’ monthly bill. And, they’re blaming solar users for it. If approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the fee will wipe out many people’s solar savings and discourage others from even considering solar. SDG&E falsely claims that solar users burden the grid, …

Biggest domestic solar manufacturer steps up to support solar rights

SunPower, the country’s largest domestic solar panel manufacturer, has stepped up in a big way to support your right to make solar energy without utility interference. Norm Taffe, SunPower’s Executive Vice President of Products, wrote this week in a blog post: “SunPower has always done its part to fight for interests of the solar industry and solar customers through local and …

Four takeaways from LA Mayor Garcetti’s big announcement

This week, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the city will shut down three of its natural gas plants within the decade and replace with cleaner energy sources. This could be a big deal for LA residents interested in making and storing their own energy, but who have been put off by the cost or red tape up now. Read …

Thank you! We’re 70% on our way to our 2019 goal.

Thanks to the generosity of many solar users, Solar Rights Alliance is starting 2019 in a good financial position to defend and expand the freedom of solar energy in 2019. Our end of the year fundraising drive puts us 70% towards our 2019 budget, a good start for what will be a very busy year. When we started Solar Rights …