It may not sound all that snazzy, but electricity rate design is one of the hottest topics in the solar industry right now. Because so much of a solar energy system’s value comes from the bill payments it is offsetting, exactly how utilities charge a customer for power can mean the difference between a good return on that solar investment – or not. As a result, this rather arcane and hugely complicated rate design process is critical to the continued success of customer solar adoption. So you can bet Vote Solar is working hard to establish and defend solar-friendly electricity rates in states from coast to coast.
Recently that’s meant protecting solar energy users from unfair fees on their electricity bills in San Diego, California.