Coalition urges Gov. Newsom to protect and strengthen rooftop solar

California's impressive growth in solar power is at risk. We're calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to keep this good thing going strong.

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John Stout
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John creates content for the Environment America state groups. He was previously the transportation advocate for U.S. PIRG and MASSPIRG. John has co-authored multiple reports and numerous op-eds on transportation issues ranging from increased public transit to electrified vehicles to how e-bikes can help us tackle climate change. John lives in Boston with his wife, who works as a nurse at Boston Children's Hospital. They enjoy biking, surfing and eating.

California's impressive growth in solar power is at risk. We're calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to keep this good thing going strong.
 
On Oct. 7, 188 members of the Save California Solar coalition, including CALPIRG, implored Gov. Newsom and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regulators to protect and strengthen a key incentive for rooftop solar. Called "net metering," the program reimburses Californians for the extra electricity their solar panels provide to the grid.
 
“Gov. Newsom has a golden opportunity to keep rooftop solar within reach for California families and businesses,” said Laura Deehan, state director at Environment California Research & Policy Center.  
 
By offering an extra incentive to go solar, the net metering program helps the state achieve our goal of 100% clean energy, reduces strain on the grid, and increases resilience in the face of power outages. We expect the CPUC to decide the program's fate by the end of the year. 
 

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Photo: Environment California has been working for more than 20 years to build pro-solar policies, including the successful Million Solar Roofs Initiative. Credit: Alex Centrella

John Stout
Content Creator

Author: John Stout

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., Pomona College

John creates content for the Environment America state groups. He was previously the transportation advocate for U.S. PIRG and MASSPIRG. John has co-authored multiple reports and numerous op-eds on transportation issues ranging from increased public transit to electrified vehicles to how e-bikes can help us tackle climate change. John lives in Boston with his wife, who works as a nurse at Boston Children's Hospital. They enjoy biking, surfing and eating.