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If you suggest cutting subsidies for rooftop solar panels in California, you’ll make a lot of enemies — and fast.

That was the lesson learned by the California Public Utilities Commission, or CPUC, which proposed a drastic change last month to the generous payments that have helped over 1.3 million Golden State residents install solar panels on their roofs. If approved — which could happen as early as this Thursday — the proposal would slash payments to solar panel owners in the state by up to 80 percent and charge a monthly fee for homes with solar. 

It’s a rule that seems entirely backwards for a state that has promised to zero out carbon emissions from its electricity system in the next 25 years. And it received almost instant blowback. 

A coalition of 600 organizations and community leaders from across the state began writing op-eds and creating petitions, calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to help “Save California Solar” and arguing that the new rule was effectively a cash grab on the part of utilities. In an op-ed in the New York Times, former California gover... Read more

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