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Environmental advocates, solar workers rally against rooftop solar proposal

A coalition of local weather activists and solar workers rallied to combat again against a proposal they are saying will harm the enlargement of rooftop solar.

SAN DIEGO — A coalition of local weather activists and solar workers held a rally Thursday morning to combat again against a proposal they are saying will harm the enlargement of rooftop solar.

“We don’t think there should be any cuts to rooftop solar right now. We are not only in the middle of a climate crisis in which we need to transition to clean energy rapidly, but we are also paying the highest rates in the nation in San Diego. Rooftop solar is the only way homeowners can provide relief from skyrocketing electricity rates,” mentioned Climate Justice Policy Manager Karinna Gonzalez of Hammond Climate Solutions Foundation.

The rally was held at St. Stephens Church in Valencia Park. Rallies had been additionally held in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Bakersfield, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, Berkeley, Stockton, and Chico.

Under current guidelines, solar prospects can promote further vitality they aren’t utilizing again to their energy company for credit score on their invoice.

This month, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will vote on a proposal to cut back the quantity utility firms credit score prospects for that surplus of solar energy. 

According to Save California Solar, the discount could possibly be as a lot as 75% in comparison with present charges. 

If handed, this new rule would solely apply to new prospects, not these with current solar methods.

Demonstrators Thursday mentioned slashing these credit will make solar much less inexpensive for purchasers, which suggests fewer folks will need to get rooftop solar, which they consider will decelerate the expansion of solar throughout the state.

However, California’s utility firms have argued solar prospects aren’t paying their truthful share for the general price of the electrical grid, which they nonetheless depend on when their panels aren’t producing energy.  

CPUC is scheduled to vote on the proposal on December 15.

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