CALIFORNIA NEWS: Finance, Incentives, Rate Restructuring and Net Energy Metering

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Letters to the Editor: Those Sunny California Solar Numbers Miss a Lot

Regarding “The Phony Numbers Behind California’s Solar Mandate” (op-ed, Aug. 13): The economics of the solar mandate will be even worse than described in Steven Sexton’s devastating critique. As intermittent solar power becomes an increasingly large portion of the total electric power supply, there will need to be proportionately more intermittently idle capacity standing by for cloudy days. Read More →

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Opinion: The Phony Numbers Behind California’s Solar Mandate

California’s energy regulators effectively cooked the books to justify their recent command that all homes built in the Golden State after 2020 be equipped with solar panels. Far from a boon to homeowners, the costs to builders and home buyers will likely far exceed the benefits to the state. Read More →

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This Clean Energy Home Loan Program Has Problems. California’s Trying to Fix Them

A decade after California became ground zero for what is now one of the country’s fastest-growing home loan programs, the state has Read More →

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Los Angeles is setting the PACE for the clean energy economy

California’s homes are being strengthened with clean technology – solar power to generate electricity and efficiency measures to do more Read More →

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U.S. solar industry battles ‘white privilege’ image problem

Solar power companies have an image problem—and they are beginning to do something about it. Despite a sharp drop in the price of solar panels and innovative financing plans that have brought the technology to many middle income households over the past decade, it is still seen as a luxury only rich, mostly white, consumers can afford. Read More →

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