CALSSA and allies have announced the goal of collecting 100,000 public comments within 30 days to deliver to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and Governor Newsom ahead of the upcoming Net Metering (NEM-3) decision in December. The CPUC will reconsider the credit that rooftop solar consumers receive for the excess energy they produce, and CALSSA warns that the outcome could hurt the California solar and rooftop storage market in California.
In July, CALSSA delivered the first 30,000 responses to an event in front of the CPUC headquarters in San Francisco. Reaching the 100,000 goal would break the record for the largest number of public comments received by a state agency in history — previously set by solar proponents in 2015.
As California battles the NEM-3 lawsuit, CALSSA begs everyone in the solar and storage industry, and anyone who supports distributed clean energy, to make their voices heard before the decision-making deadline. Currently 1.2 million consumers use networks, including thousands of low-income public schools and apartment buildings. The policy is responsible for the dramatic growth of rooftop solar in California by making it more affordable for working- and middle-class households, which now account for nearly half of the state’s solar market — by far the largest in the country.
Proposals filed by investor-owned California utility companies would erode the market for both solar and solar-charged batteries by reducing the credit solar consumers receive for the excess energy they produce by up to 80% and a monthly fine from $65 to $90 to add to their utility bill.
A bad NEM-3 decision would not only slow down California’s clean energy progress at this critical juncture in history and harm working- and middle-class families and solar energy users, but also thousands of solar and warehouse workers in the state. In addition, solar power and storage have played an important role in keeping the lights on for thousands of families and businesses during the state’s crippling power outages. A bad NEM-3 decision could put this important technology out of reach for everyday Californians.
“The California distributed solar and storage sector employs more than 65,000 people. These workers have a clear interest in the outcome of the NEM-3 decision and they should be given a voice,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of CALSSA. “Anyone installing solar and energy storage on a roof, garage or field must now make their voices heard. The governor and the CPUC will affect your job with this decision.
People can sign the public response here: https://bit.ly/NEMCampaign. Those interested in being involved in the campaign can contact Carter Lavin at [email protected] or visit www.savecaliforniasolar.org.
News item from CALSSA