Yesterday, Assemblymember Connolly introduced AB 2619, a bill that would direct the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to amend its net metering program for solar customers in California. Following is a statement from Stephanie Doyle, California state affairs director at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on this development.
California’s rooftop solar and storage market is changing, and the industry is learning to operate in this new reality. California has been America’s top solar market for over a decade, installing more solar capacity than any state every year until Texas took over in 2021. While California reclaimed the number one ranking in 2022 and installations look strong in 2023, the shift in 2021 may be a preview of what is to come.
The U.S. solar industry added 6.5 gigawatts (GW) of new electric generating capacity in Q3 2023, a 35% year-over-year increase as federal clean energy policies begin to take hold. As a result of this growth, the United States is expected add a record 33 gigawatts (GW) of solar capacity in 2023, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight Q4 2023 report released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie.