- Published: January 30, 2016
- Written by Amanda H. Miller
The sun will continue to shine on the solar industry in California. Utility regulators there voted this week to retain retail rate net metering for solar customers. While there will be some changes to the state’s net metering policies, the vote is seen by most as a victory for California’s rooftop solar customers and businesses.
In a close 3-2 vote, regulators agreed to allow utilities to charge a one-time $75 to $150 interconnection fee and to charge solar customers a small additional fee that other users pay toward offsetting the cost of programs for energy efficiency improvements and for low-income customers. Net metering will also be based on time of day use.