California Senate returns unanimous positive for net-energy metering amendment



Senate Bill 7, legislation introduced by Senator Patricia Wiggins, stipulates that utility providers allow customers who produce their own solar power to roll over unused energy credits for up to two years. The Bill was voted on in the California Senate, and approved unanimously at 29-0. The Bill will now be passed to the Assembly for consideration.

Designed to encourage residential and commercial solar power generators to up their production, the new Bill amends the current law that does not financially reimburse customers whose systems produce more solar energy than the customers consume.

“This is kind of like having frequent flyer miles that you can never cash out or use,” Wiggins said. “And it sends the wrong message to consumers about the importance of energy conservation.”

This article requires Premium SubscriptionBasic (FREE) Subscription

Unlock unlimited access for 12 whole months of distinctive global analysis

Photovoltaics International is now included.

  • Regular insight and analysis of the industry’s biggest developments
  • In-depth interviews with the industry’s leading figures
  • Unlimited digital access to the PV Tech Power journal catalogue
  • Unlimited digital access to the Photovoltaics International journal catalogue
  • Access to more than 1,000 technical papers
  • Discounts on Solar Media’s portfolio of events, in-person and virtual

Or continue reading this article for free

Net-energy metering currently means that customers can sell the power generated by their solar panels to the grid to offset the cost of their electricity bill. However, some have argued that in the case of a customer producing more power than they need, the utility company does not have to buy the electricity from them. Senate Bill 7 has the potential to change this.

Read Next

Subscribe to Newsletter

Most Read

Upcoming Events

PV Tech Premium - Enjoy 50% off in our Black Friday Sale

Enjoy 50% off in our Early Black Friday Sale

A world of insights awaits

Ends Friday, 1st Dec 2023