23 May '12, 4pm

Who thinks fair credit for #solar is a good thing? Californians do!

So why is the spotlight on net metering? Commonly known for its ability to send meters spinning backwards and reduce utility bills, net metering gives solar energy customers fair credit for the valuable peak electricity they put on the grid when and where it’s needed most. California caps the amount of net metering that its investor-owned utilities must make available at “5 percent of aggregate customer peak demand,” but it does not specify how utilities should calculate that number. As a result, utilities are using a more restrictive methodology that results in almost 50 percent less net metered solar and renewable energy than would otherwise be allowed. And with rooftop solar adoption hitting a tipping point — especially in low- and middle-income communities — parts of the state are on track to hit that barrier next year. The 60,000 messages of net metering support come ...

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