We need your help to stop ever-ongoing efforts to undermine rooftop solar! Small rooftop and community solar projects help stabilize California’s grid, and are essential for a safe, clean, resilient, and affordable energy future – increasing rooftop solar benefits everyone on the grid! Energy utilities, like PG&E are (excessively) compensated for building out large transmission and distribution networks, so of course they are against these local systems, and they have lots of money to lobby the CPUC and our elected officials.

Recently, and despite thousands of comments protesting the action, the CA Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted on a major change to a calculation that grossly undervalues rooftop and other small, local solar projects, which will ripple through the system and skew the CPUC’s upcoming net metering ruling, making it costly for people to install their own solar, and expensive for those that already have.

What can we do about it?

Commissioners are appointed by Gov Newsom. Because they’re not elected, they are pretty sheltered from public opinion, which means that it has to be a very big fuss to break through to them. So, let’s make a fuss to Stop the Utility Profit Grab and protect rooftop and other small solar projects.  

  • Tweet out 350 Bay Area’s recent OpEd in Cal Matters

Rooftop solar= key to a resilient affordable & safe grid, says @laurajneish fm @30BAAction. @GavinNewsom @californiapuc stop buying into IOU talking points – craft an efficient 21st century grid #UtilityProfitGrab @solar_rights @EnvCalifornia @votesolar https://calmatters.org/commentary/2021/06/public-utilities-commission-is-working-against-californias-climate-goals/

A fast-moving, irregular change to the est’d value of rooftop solar by @californiapuc buys into utilities’ efforts to price rooftop solar out of reach. @GavinNewsom @californiapuc stop the #UtilityProfitGrab! @solar_rights @EnvCalifornia @votesolar https://calmatters.org/commentary/2021/06/public-utilities-commission-is-working-against-californias-climate-goals/

  • Send this automated email to the Governor, created by the Solar Rights Alliance, which 350 Bay Area belongs to.
  • Here is an easy way to call the Governor’s office, also created by the Solar Rights Alliance. Click here from your phone and you’ll be automatically connected.
  • Keep the pressure up! Use the talking points below to let your state and local elected officials know that small solar projects are key to a swift transition to 100% clean, safe, reliable, and affordable energy.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local paper, and when it’s published, forward it to your elected officials! Here is a list of many of the papers in our region and directions for submitting letters.

Ideas for Tweets and FB postings:

Use this social media toolkit from Save California Solar for tweets, which can also be posted to Facebook. And you can make your own from the talking points below, and don’t forget to follow @350bayareaaction on Twitter.

Talking Points

  • Distributed rooftop and community solar is essential for a rapid transition to 100% CE, required by law in CA
  • Rooftop solar already provides valuable grid and community services and is critical to the future grid; combined with battery backup and storage, it’s a powerful component of a safe and resilient grid, and will make energy more reliable and affordable for everyone
  • The CPUC and the Governor need to support and expand equitable rooftop solar and storage projects, not hide behind complex equations to do the bidding of the electric utilities.
  • IOUs are ridiculously compensated for building out big transmission projects and they are doing everything they can to beat back CCAs, rooftop and community solar. Big projects are not sufficient for a 21st century grid: without small solar, they are expensive and not resilient.
  • CPUC too often follows the electric utilities’ bidding
    • Commissioners consistently undervalue the benefits and services of small solar, while overestimating costs
    • Industry lobbyists have far greater access than community groups
  • The public input process needs to be improved: CPUC commissioners aren’t elected and are too sheltered from public opinion