California’s solar energy landscape is facing a major showdown. Utilities have long tried to restrict homeowners from using solar power, and now they’re targeting renters, farmers, and schools. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is pushing a rule change that would block these properties from using their rooftop solar directly, forcing them to buy it back at full price from utilities.
Critics call this a “property seizure,” arguing it goes against the very purpose of solar energy. Opposition is strong, with numerous organizations and individuals sending letters and making calls to protest the CPUC’s proposal. Media attention is growing, adding pressure on Governor Newsom to intervene and protect the solar rights of renters, farmers, and schools. This battle is a pivotal moment in California’s renewable energy journey, with wide-reaching implications for solar access.
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