More than 30 Local Elected Officials Call Current Rooftop Solar Program a “Hidden Tax Shouldered by Most At-Risk Californians”

Posted on March 18, 2022

Sacramento – Today, more than 30 local elected officials sent a letter to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) urging them to do more to reduce the cost burden of the state’s rooftop solar program, Net Energy Metering (NEM), on non-solar customers.

Under the current NEM program, customers with solar systems are no longer contributing their fair share toward the maintenance and upkeep of the electric grid even though they still rely on it. Those costs have not gone away, they are being shifted to non-solar customers who are disproportionally lower income. 

Among the messages delivered in the letter sent to the CPUC today:

  • “…Net Energy Metering, which has evolved into a non-sensical, and inexcusable hidden tax shouldered by our most at- risk residents and millions of working-class Californians who are already struggling to pay monthly ”
  • “…we support rooftop solar and see solar as a key tool in our efforts to achieve California’s clean energy goals. However, saddling our most economically vulnerable residents with the burden of subsidizing residential rooftop systems for wealthier Californians is not sustainable or equitable.”
  • “The current $3.4 billion dollar cost burden on our communities is expected to grow to $10 billion by 2030 if changes aren’t made.”
  • “…we urge you to adopt reforms that make a cleaner future more equitable for all ”