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Shining Cities 2022

Solar power continues to expand rapidly. The United States now has 121.4 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity, producing enough solar energy to power more than 23 million homes. Millions of Americans have invested in solar energy and millions more are ready to join them.
 America’s major cities have played a key role in the clean energy revolution and stand to reap tremendous benefits from solar energy. As population centers, they are major sources of electricity demand and, with millions of rooftops suitable for solar panels, they have the potential to be major sources of clean energy production as well. 

Rally for rooftop solar

By | Benjamin Grundy
Global Warming Solutions Campaign Associate, Environment California

On March 17, 2022, concerned citizens and organizations met on the steps of the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) building to raise their voices in support of rooftop solar and in opposition to the CPUC’s disastrous NEM 3.0 decision.

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Statement: CPUC postpones decision on California’s rooftop solar program ‘until further notice’

A contentious decision that could determine the prospects for solar power in California won’t happen “until further notice.” The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) announced Thursday that commissioners will revise the controversial rooftop solar proposal originally announced on Dec. 13, 2021.

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Letter to Save Rooftop Solar from Environmental Groups

A coalition of 70 state and national environmental organizations call on Gov. Newsom and the California Public Utilities Commission to save rooftop solar. 

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Nation’s environmental leaders urge Governor Newsom to save solar

As the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) considers gutting the state’s bedrock solar program, a broad coalition of national and state environmental organizations delivered a letter Wednesday to CPUC commissioners and Gov. Gavin Newsom urging them to immediately issue an alternative that allows rooftop solar and battery storage to continue to grow. The letter was delivered by 70 organizations, including Environment America, Environment California, Greenpeace, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, Environmental Working Group and the Center for Biological Diversity. 

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Rallies to save rooftop solar draw significant support

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Los Angeles and San Francisco on Thursday to call on Gov. Gavin Newsom to keep rooftop solar growing in the state. Ralliers are calling on Gov. Newsom to direct the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to revisit a preliminary decision made in December that drastically cuts the state’s solar energy incentive program. Environment America’s President Wendy Wendlandt spoke at the event in Los Angeles and Environment California State Director Laura Deehan spoke at the San Francisco rally.

Speeding up rooftop solar deployment

By | Laura Deehan
State Director, Environment California

Today the Senate Governance and Finance committee passed SB 379, the Solar Access Act out of committee to speed up rooftop solar deployment. Here is my testimony in support of the bill!

Standing up for rooftop solar

By | Laura Deehan
State Director, Environment California

Today I spoke in opposition to the proposed solar billing structure NEM3.0 at the California Public Utility Committee meeting. The CPUC proposed on Monday to assess a monthly solar penalty fee to all solar and storage customers, slash net metering credit by 80% and reduce the agreed upon billing structure for existing solar customers. At today's meeting participants had one minute to voice their response. Here is my statement: 

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