BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Renewable energy is starting to win over traditional energy sources and solar rooftops get new rules in California.
With all the climate change talk and the world finally getting worried about global warming, more and more people understand the benefits of renewable energy. Of course, states and companies are making investments in solar farms or wind energy, but common citizens are also starting to take a stand and many of them have turned to solar energy to power their homes.
To invest in solar panels is indeed quite costly and not everyone can afford it. However, if you think on long-term, you will realize that you will actually be saving a lot of money, because, hey, you don’t to pay bills to the sun.
If you’re a citizen of California you should know some things concerning solar panels. The California Public Utilities Commission has proposed a new fee for rooftop solar panels. The fee has to be paid only once, when you connect to the electric grid and it will probably cost about $75 to $150.
Although the fee is not actually something new as it has been in effect for a while now, the difference is that it used to be distributed not only to customers with rooftop solar but to everyone.
Moreover, people who have rooftop solar panels will also have to pay some 2 or 3 cents for each kilowatt hour for the electricity they obtain from utility firms, without taking into consideration the power their solar system generates.
Why do people still have to pay for electricity when they have power from the sun? The utility firms as well as authorities don’t believe rooftop solar users will have to pay too much. The money will be used into energy efficiency programs that will contribute to maintenance and utilities development. However, why should they care? They don’t need it anymore. This is why they can give feedback on the proposals until the middle of January, while the final decision will be taken on January 28.
Some people are afraid that making rooftop solar users to pay for utilities they are not using anymore will discourage the use of renewable energy, as people will no longer see the benefits of it.
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