120,000 Californians urge Gov. Newsom to save rooftop solar

More than 120,000 Californians agree: Gov. Gavin Newsom needs to stand up to the state’s investor-owned utilities and keep rooftop solar within reach for California families and businesses.

More than 120,000 Californians agree: Gov. Gavin Newsom needs to stand up to the state’s investor-owned utilities and keep rooftop solar within reach for California families and businesses.

On Dec. 8, Environment California Research & Policy Center and over a hundred solar supporters delivered a petition signed by more than 120,000 Californians to officials at the California State Capitol urging Gov. Newsom and the California Public Utilities Commission to protect a key incentive for rooftop solar. Called "net metering," the program reimburses Californians for extra electricity their solar panels provide back to the grid.

"Rooftop solar is among the best and fastest ways to generate clean, renewable power,” said Laura Deehan, state director at Environment California Research & Policy Center. “California should be doing everything it can to accelerate rooftop solar, not slow it down."

State officials estimate that for California to make good on its commitment to reaching our goal of 100% clean electricity by 2045, the state will need to nearly quadruple the current rooftop solar capacity. 

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Photo: Environment Environment California Research & Policy Center staff joined over a hundred solar supporters — including consumers, faith leaders and climate activists — at a rally to protect rooftop solar at the California State Capitol in December. Credit: CALSSA