California net metering proposals to deter homeowners from going solar

Solar system in California. Author: Matt Montagne. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

January 14 (Renewables Now) - According to a survey by consumer review website SolarReviews the proposed changes to net metering by the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) will put off homeowners in the state from installing solar systems.

Around 95% of respondents in the survey said they would no longer consider going solar if there was a switch to an avoided cost rate plan and a monthly grid participation charge was implemented. Some 68% would no longer consider solar if only the proposal for payments at the avoided cost rate was adopted. This chnage would cut by about 80% the credit solar homes receive for sending surplus power to the grid. The proposal for a grid participation charge will see USD 8 (EUR 7) levied per month per kW of solar installed.

CPUC’s proposed decision on net metering was unveiled on December 13 and could be adopted later in January. The commission said the proposals will promote greater adoption of customer-sited storage, while the grid participation charge is designed to capture residential adopters’ fair share of costs for maintaining the grid and funding public purpose programmes.

There has been a campaign against the changes by solar supporters.

SolarReviews’ survey was sent on January 5 to California homeowners who sought solar quotes through its website in the last two years. The poll ( covered more than 4,000 people.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.872)

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