The utilities killed the Solar Bill of Rights by falsely telling lawmakers that your solar is an expensive burden on the electrical grid. That claim, greased by campaign contributions and scores of lobbyists, prompted influential lawmakers to secretly gut the bill.
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 eight of those benefits.
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.
Utility lobbyists killed the bill to protect your right to make solar energy without unfair fees or red tape, but they can't kill the idea. With more wildfires, blackouts and budget-busting electricity prices on the horizon, we need a Solar Bill of Rights more than ever. Your voice is key to stepping up the pressure and succeeding.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the utilities are setting the stage for an attack on net metering later this year. It is also clear that regulators and elected officials can easily fall prey to the utilities' false arguments about solar. Here's what you need to know so that you are ready to advocate.
“...your officials have an interest in getting re-elected. Meeting with them, expressing your point to them directly, I think it can have a big impact.”
- Irvine resident Raj Pandey
In March, Sacramento area solar users banded together and stopped their local utility (SMUD) from hitting solar users with a punishing $40-$60 / month fee. Encouraged that their voices were heard by SMUD, these solar users are now campaigning to help SMUD become a "The Utility of the Future."
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It isn't just private utilities like PGE who are trying to kill the Solar Bill of Rights. Lobbyists for the public utilities serving LA, Sacramento, Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena, Anaheim, Riverside and many other cities are also working to preserve their ability to charge anti-solar fees.
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.
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.