California environmental justice coalition advocates for solar net-metering preservation

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The Coalition for Environmental Equity and Economics (CEEE) has announced it is partnering with the Save California Solar campaign to call on Governor Newsom, the California Public Utilities Commission and state leaders to keep solar energy affordable in California. as the Newsom government is considering changes to grid metering.

CEEE is a project of Green the Church, the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water and the Council of Mexican Federations in North America.

“We are excited to partner with rooftop solar advocates to protect and strengthen grid metering, to advocate for additional policies that will help bring rooftop solar and battery storage to communities of color, and to educate solar buyers about their consumer rights,” said CEEE co-founder Rev. dr. Ambrose Carroll, Sr.

Intestinal grid metering proposals submitted by the major utilities would drastically reduce the credit solar consumers receive for the excess energy they produce and add a $65-90 monthly penalty to their utility bills.

“The benefits of rooftop solar are many for the communities we serve. Installing solar panels helps lower families’ monthly electricity bills, the industry creates high paying jobs and, most importantly, the more solar energy on the roof, the lower the dirty emissions in general and specifically in our communities.” director Francisco Francisco. Moreno.

CEEE asks California leaders to continue to grow and improve rooftop solar to fight climate change and build a more resilient network. Since many of the state’s low-income solar programs rely directly on net meters to save vulnerable populations, the alliance emphasizes the need to prioritize equality and continue to bring solar energy to more people. When combined with storage, rooftop solar is the consumer’s best defense against rising energy costs and unpredictable power outages, especially as wildfire season approaches.

“Coloured communities are most affected by climate change. It is the communities that live with the health consequences of environmental hazards, and they lack the resources to quickly recover from natural disasters. CEEE has a high sense of urgency to ensure that California’s public policies make the communities we care about a priority,” said Rev. Carroll.

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