Did You Read Ross William’s Op-Ed on NEM 3.0?

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The Times of San Diego published an op-ed by HES Solar’s president Ross Williams over the weekend. The article comes at a critical time to save California solar because Sacramento decides new new laws that will affect solar soon. Williams calls upon all Californians for help: those with solar, those hoping to get solar power in the future, and those who want to keep renewable solar energy as a viable option in the state. This story comes at a critical time. The initial proposal for the new tariffs concerning private solar power’s market value will likely be revealed at the end of the week. 

HES Solar actively defends solar, including a big battle at the start of the summer. That challenge fortunately went the way of the homeowners and solar providers with the defeat of Assembly Bill 1139. That battle was fought by solar advocates and the solar industry. The fight culminated in a large rally in Sacramento attended by HES Solar as well as several other San Diego solar companies. Of course, solar companies in California closer to the rally joined, too. 

What’s in the article?

In the Times of San Diego story, Williams covers the current struggle to keep Net Energy Metering 3.0 fair for private solar system ownership. He explains how Net Energy Metering works. In short, there were the initial tariff rates in what can now be called NEM 1.0 retrospectively. Then the tariffs changed and gave us NEM 2.0. This tariff rate is in effect to anyone installing solar today. NEM 2.0 will remain available until the new NEM 3.0 regulations begin, but that beginning point is not yet defined. 

Williams also points out that the majority of people support rooftop solar on homes. His words rally readers to help prevent the California Public Utilities Commission of appointed officials from siding with the utilities. 

The recent Thanksgiving holiday blackout boosted the power of the article. Williams gives details on the reasons for that electric grid shutdown. You can likely guess the cause if you know the reason for the increasingly frequent power outages. These types of grid shutdowns affect homeowners across California. Ross Williams appeals to the Californians to grow renewable solar energy and allow more energy independence. 

Get involved today. Please visit SaveCaliforniaSolar.org. This group fights to keep solar in the hands of Californians. Now is a great time to go solar and start the electric bill savings now. You will also get locked into more favorable NEM 2.0 tariff rates.

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NET ENERGY METERING 3.0 INFORMATION

Net Energy Metering 3.0 (NEM 3.0) is the incoming law created by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The new tariffs and fees will impact both residential and commercial solar systems built in California. 

As this notice is posted in November of 2022, the Proposed Decision from the CPUC outlining the proposed NEM 3.0 terms is expected soon. This comes after a year’s delay. Once the new agreement is finalized and passed into law, there will exist a designation of the deadline under which new systems will continue to qualify for NEM 2.0 rates. 

The new NEM 3.0 rates will be designed to lower the value of electricity during the daytime hours, when solar is producing, and increase the value of electricity during the evening hours, when solar homes and businesses purchase electricity. In short, NEM 3.0 will create a “sell low, buy high” proposition to new solar system owners. 

To Californians looking to install a solar system on their home or commercial building, the NEM 2.0 rates will be preferred. As of this post, the solar industry does not know the details of how different the NEM 3.0 rates will be from the NEM 2.0 rates. 

Please use the HES Solar website as a resource to learn more, and please take our offer to speak with an HES Solar Energy Consultant at no obligation.

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Robert Laverty

Senior Energy Consultant, Residential

Robert Laverty joined the HES team in the summer of 2018, bringing his ten years of solar design experience and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound with him. Robert is dedicated to finding solutions to help families produce and store electricity in order to reduce their reliance on grid power as well as help reduce their household’s carbon footprint. Robert’s experience as a newspaper editor as well as his involvement with the sustainability-focused Rocky Mountain Institute drives him to constantly seek out innovative ways to meet energy needs through renewable resources as well as helps him share those ideas with Southern California homeowners. When not at work or volunteering time with his church or community, Robert spends time with his wife and two sons or pursues his passion of fly fishing.
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