Archive Category : California News: Finance, Incentives, Rates & Nem

Clean-energy lender Renovate America tops $1 billion in loans

A leading clean-energy lender has topped $1 billion in loans for home improvements — a milestone for the San Diego company as well as a once-foundering government program to encourage projects that reduce electricity or water use. Read More →

[...Read Full Post...]

Rooftop Solar Brings Higher Home Appraisals

Homes with rooftop solar are appraised at a higher value, according to new research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. For the past few years, Berkeley Lab has been collecting data on the value of homes with solar photovoltaics compared to those without PV. Early studies relied on modeling and found that buyers were willing to pay an average of $15,000 more for a home with a solar PV array. Read More →

[...Read Full Post...]

Should homeowners with solar panels pay to help maintain the electrical grid?

Homeowners face a simple calculus when deciding whether to install solar panels on their roof: Will the panels pay for themselves with savings on their electric bill? But buried in that bill are complex variables defined by what’s known as the state’s net metering rules – the very essence of which are under debate at the California Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco. Read More →

[...Read Full Post...]

Is California’s Net Metering 2.0 a Solar Tax Risk?

Everyone agrees that net-metered rooftop solar doesn’t pay income tax. But nobody really knows how Uncle Sam will treat feed-in tariffs, wholesale export compensation, and other arrangements that California’s utilities are suggesting to replace the state’s net metering regime — and that’s a risk exposure the industry shouldn’t have to bear. Read More →

[...Read Full Post...]

California’s Solar Industry Fights Back on Net Metering 2.0

California’s biggest utilities want future net-metered rooftop solar systems to earn less for the energy they feed to the grid and solar customers to pay extra charges to cover the costs of serving them grid power. California’s solar industry has a different idea: keep things the way they are — and don’t believe utilities when they say they and their non-solar customers can’t afford it. Read More →

[...Read Full Post...]

California Decision Means Rooftop Solar Owners Have Choices

A new California regulation that allows companies to package energy from small producers and sell it on the wholesale market is good news for the long-term viability of rooftop solar. Read More →

[...Read Full Post...]

Inside California’s rate restructuring plan and the battle for fixed charges looming over it

California regulators united behind a new rate framework before the Independence Day holiday, but lurking behind the decision is a bigger one for utilities and renewables advocates alike. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted unanimously on July 3 to flatten the current four-tiered electricity rate system to two tiers, push for time-of-use (TOU) rates by 2019, and make other noteworthy changes to how utilities bill customers. Read More →

[...Read Full Post...]

Report: Solar Energy Benefits Vastly Outweigh Costs

Homes and businesses with solar panels deliver more value to power customers and society than they receive through programs like net metering, a report said today. The Environment California Research & Policy Center report, Shining Rewards: The Value of Rooftop Solar Power for Consumers and Society, comes as California answers critical questions about the future of net metering and solar energy. Read More →

[...Read Full Post...]

Most People Choose the Costliest Route to Going Solar

The vast majority of new solar power customers in California are going solar in a way that costs them more money in the long run. About 70 percent of new solar customers in California are getting panels with leases or power purchase agreements, which has them paying for the energy their panels produce rather than regular monthly sums, according to a National Renewable Energy Laboratory analysis released earlier this year. Read More →

[...Read Full Post...]

California Wants All New Homes to Be Net Zero in 2020

California has moved one step closer to making one of its “big, bold energy-efficiency strategies” outlined seven years ago a reality. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) have launched a residential Zero Net Energy Action Plan to build a self-sustaining market for all new homes to be net-zero energy by 2020. Read More →

[...Read Full Post...]