Excerpt: Solar industry, renewable energy and environmental justice organizations and advocates applauded a decision today by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that will increase opportunities for low-income households to go solar, lower their utility bills and participate in the state’s growing clean energy economy. Following a multi-year process prompted by Assembly Bill (AB) 327, the Commission approved a 12-year solar rebate program for low-income homeowners living in disadvantaged communities that expands on California’s long-standing Single-Family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) program. The decision was proposed by Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves.
“Communities historically affected by local pollution may soon access clean energy at a discount that mostly comes from solar on a local community building.” says Subin DeVar, community renewable energy program director at the Sustainable Economies Law Center. “This is a valuable new alternative until the state adopts a true community solar program based on virtual net metering, as fairness demands.”
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(Originally published June 22, 2018.)