CPUC Undermines the Ability of California Schools, Farms, and Small Businesses to Choose Solar
Friday, Nov 17 2023
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved new rules that do not allow schools, farms and small businesses to benefit from their onsite solar consumption.
Following is a statement from Stephanie Doyle, California State Affairs Director for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA):
“Yesterday’s vote by the California PUC is another step backward for a state that should be at the forefront of the clean energy transition. This decision does not allow schools, farms, and small businesses to fully benefit from onsite solar generation, making it far more difficult for them to choose solar. These entities are the backbone of our communities and are the ones that can most benefit from the cost savings that come with clean energy.
“Higher interest rates are already creating economic headwinds for solar and storage companies, and the impacts of climate change continue to intensify. It’s time for Governor Newsom and other state leaders to step up and ensure California can stay on track to hit its clean energy targets.”
The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA) is leading the transformation to a clean energy economy, creating the framework for solar to achieve 30% of U.S. electricity generation by 2030. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies and other strategic partners to fight for policies that create jobs in every community and shape fair market rules that promote competition and the growth of reliable, low-cost solar power. Founded in 1974, SEIA is the national trade association for the solar and solar + storage industries, building a comprehensive vision for the Solar+ Decade through research, education and advocacy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org and follow @SEIA on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Morgan Lyons, SEIA's Director of Communications, [email protected] (202) 556-2872