“Basically, you don’t get as much money for your solar as you used to,” said Anthony Wexler with the Air Quality Research Center at UC Davis.
SACRAMENTO, California — After months of debate and two postponed votes, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted this month to update incentives for owners of apartment buildings, schools and businesses that install solar panels. But environmental and solar experts say these changes are a step in the wrong direction.
. This means changes in the credits owners get for generating power.
Critics said these new changes hurt apartments, schools, farms and businesses selling solar power to the grid and overall reducing incentives to use solar.
“It means we’re generating less renewable energy and so therefore putting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere which is what we don’t want to do,” said Wexler.
Last December, homeowners with solar panels were impacted when the commission reduced payments to single-family …