ICYMI: Rooftop solar owner and former Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez says “let’s be honest,” California’s working class is paying for solar subsidies

Posted on January 12, 2022

Sacramento – Former Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez, an advocate for Net Energy Metering (NEM) reform, tweeted last night that the current debate about NEM isn’t being honest:

“I know this isn’t the “woke” response… but you’re kidding yourself if you believe working class communities currently have any kind of substantial rooftop solar. They’re simply paying for others’ subsidies. At least be honest. Subsidies need to come from somewhere else.”  Jan 11, 10:47 p.m.

She also strongly supports more rooftop solar adoption:

“See, that’s the problem. I have solar panels. I like solar panels. I want more people to have solar panels. I just don’t want working class ratepayers to subsidize it. Why is the response always… “but the utilities.” A new way forward.”  Jan 11, 11:08 p.m.

Gonzalez knows the NEM issue well. She’s a rooftop solar homeowner and believes the current NEM program pays her and other customers too much. From a San Francisco Chronicle story in May:

“Gonzalez said she has solar panels on her home and believes the current net metering program pays her too much. She said her most recent electric bill was negative, meaning she owed no money and doesn’t have to pay fixed costs for the electric system that her neighbors without solar can’t escape.”