CPUC Considers Cutting Subsidies for New Residential Solar Customers

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Solar panels on a residential home. (Photo: Craig Miller)

Homeowners getting solar panels could see their subsidies slashed under a plan being considered by the California Public Utilities Commission. Under the proposal, CPUC would revamp solar incentives, known as "net metering," which pay residential solar customers for unused energy that goes back into the grid. Critics are calling the proposal a "war on solar," while utilities like PG&E say that residential solar customers rely on the existing power infrastructure and should pay their fair share.


Lauren Sommer, Science and Environment Reporter, KQED

Aaron Johnson, Vice President, Customer Energy Solutions, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Brad Heavner, policy director, California Solar Energy Industries Association

Marcel Hawiger, staff attorney, The Utility Reform Network (TURN)