There’s more than just one little problem with AB 327 (“Solar power users should pay fair share,” Sept. 3).
The big problem with the bill: It would give utilities the ability to penalize solar power users at a rate of up to $120 a year, no matter how much they reduce their electricity use. In 2011, more than twothirds of all solar installations in the state were in low- and middle-income neighborhoods. Guess what will happen to that figure if a financial penalty is attached to solar?
Solar customers are already contributing their “fair share” by lowering future costs for all. According to a recent Vote Solar study, more rooftop solar installed means all ratepayers avoid the increased costs of new centralized generation and long-distance transmission — a potential net savings of $92 million. If we want to drive people away from smarter, cleaner local energy and efficiency, and throw a roadblock in front of California’s transition to renewable energy, AB 327 is just the ticket. If you want the opposite of that, sign the petition at http://www.saverooftopsolar.com.