Tesla joins fight against California NEM change proposal

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

January 3 (Renewables Now) - Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) before Christmas informed employees what action they can take to oppose the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) plan to slash support for home solar and introduce a new charge for the owners of such systems.

In December, the CPUC presented its Net Energy Metering 3.0 (NEM 3.0) proposal, which, if approved later in January, would cut by about 80% the credit solar homes receive for sending surplus power to the grid. It will also oblige them to pay their utility a fixed charge of USD 8 (EUR 7) per kW of installed solar every month. The new rules would apply to new solar systems, and also to existing NEM 1.0 and NEM 2.0 customers after 15 years of solar system operation.

In a notice to its employees on December 22, seen by CNBC, Tesla told its employees the proposal can change based on public feedback. Submitting a comment, joining the Solar Rights Alliance and attending the Save Our Solar Rally on January 13 have been listed as actions that can be taken to stand up to the CPUC’s plan. The rally next Thursday is taking place simultaneously in San Francisco and Los Angeles at 1100 local time.

Tesla is fighting for “a more reasonable approach” that would not penalise solar customers, it says in the notice.

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