When the California Public Utilities Commission came out with a plan in December to make installing rooftop solar unaffordable, our huge outcry forced them to back down. But their new proposal is pretty much the same, so we need to do it again (sigh). Details on the old and new plans are here.
The plan would continue to impose a “solar tax” on customers with rooftop solar and slash the payments they get for electricity they generate — this time described in slightly different language and with a more gradual implementation schedule to make it seem more palatable.
When they made the original proposal in December, more than 150,000 people submitted comments to the CPUC and Gov. Newsom, along with over 600 nonprofits, cities, schools and elected officials and most major newspaper editorial boards.
We need to rally again to save solar!
***ASAP: Call Governor Newsom at 916-445-2841.
His office is open Monday-Friday from 9 to 5. Say your name and where you live, and something personal. Here’s a suggestion:
“The CPUC’s latest rooftop solar announcement is a non-starter for me. California should not be taxing solar energy, period. We need more solar, not less. Please show leadership now.”
***June 2, 11 AM – 3 PM: Don’t Tax the Sun Rally – CPUC Offices, 505 Van Ness, San Francisco.
Look the CPUC in the eye and tell them what you think in person! Organizers will kick it off with a rally on the steps of the CPUC, and then help you sign up and speak directly to the CPUC. And, of course, refreshments! Please RSVP. Spread the word and bring a friend!
If you are taking BART to the rally, the closest stop is Civic Center/ UN Plaza Station. Take the UN Plaza exit and walk west until you hit Civic Center Plaza. You can go here to use the BART planner tool.