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Don’t Wait to Install Solar – Costs Could Be Soaring Soon

Copyright: Elena Elisseeva

The time is NOW to install solar on your rooftop.  An unprecedented set of challenges to the residential solar industry is threatening our ability to generate energy from the sun in the future:

1)  The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) expiration – The ITC is scheduled to expire at the end of 2016 – The ITC offers a full 30% credit on your federal income tax for costs associated with installing solar on your roof. Advocates are working actively to extend the program.

2)  Net Energy Metering (NEM 2.0) proposed changes – A series of changes to this important program, which have been proposed by the Investor-Owned Utilities (IOU), would significantly lower incentives for homeowners to produce solar energy by:

a. Lowering the cost paid to the homeowner by the utility for energy produced

b. Shifting the Time of Use ‘peak period’ to later in the day, thereby lowering the value of solar energy produced when the sun is shining most brightly

c. Charging for transmission & distribution of the solar energy that is generated (currently no charge)

What you can do:

1)  You can raise your voice to Governor Brown and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) now by signing this petition, provided by CREDO Action, one of the many organizations that The Climate Center is collaborating with to represent the interests of solar owners. It only takes a minute. Our goal is 25,000 signatures.

2)  Contact us at the Clean Energy Advocate (CEA) program today to find out how you can easily and affordably install solar on your rooftop. Call 707.654.4350, or write geoffrey@theclimatecenter.org.