Last Thursday, January 28th 2016, the California Public Utilities Commission voted to leave the current net metering rules surrounding solar panels unchanged. Instead, new small fees will be imposed upon future solar users.
Solar Net Metering
Net metering is the term used when excess power generated from solar panels is “sold” back onto the rest of the power grid. Utility companies have stated that the current amount paid for this surplus energy was too high, and have sought to lower the amount residents could receive for net metering.
This caused quite a bit of concern not just for homeowners, who would see less of a benefit from installing solar panels, but also for the solar industry as a whole, fearing that that without the economical benefits, less homeowners would make the switch to solar.
No Changes to Net Metering, but New Fees Introduced for Solar Customers
Fortunately for homeowners and the solar industry, the state utility commission disagreed with the utility companies, and so the current net metering rules will remain in place. They did, however, agree to introduce new fees for future solar users. A one-time $150 fee for connecting to the solar grid, and up to $10 per month for grid use. Existing solar customers will be unaffected by the change.
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