The California Solar & Storage Association (CALSSA) kicked off its largest fundraising campaign in history and announced a goal to raise $1 million in September to cement California’s position as the nation’s leading solar and storage market. to defend.
With CALSSA’s cornerstone clean energy policy, Net Energy Metering (NEM), under unprecedented attack from some of the nation’s largest utility and natural gas companies, CALSSA has put together a robust plan that includes legal advice, paid advertising and the collection of includes petitions. activities to defend California’s distributed energy industry. However, all of this comes with a hefty price tag, so the association is asking solar energy members and supporters from across the industry to help keep California’s solar and storage market alive.
“California’s world-renowned solar energy market is under siege by some of the most powerful players in the fossil fuel industry,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar and Storage Association. “We can win, but we need everyone to stand up and help us fight.”
Activities that the association will invest in include generating 200,000 public comments, field organization, paid media, and a full suite of first-class legal representation. Investor-owned utilities are pushing for monthly fees averaging $78 per solar household, reducing the credit consumers receive for excess solar electricity sent back to the grid on summer days by 77% and making solar virtually unprofitable for underserved communities most in need of reliable clean energy and storage as the state faces massive fires and power outages. The California Public Utility Commission could rule on NEM by the end of the year, making the coming months critical to CALSSA’s efforts.
“A million dollars in one month may seem like a lot, but it’s a drop in the ocean for what’s at stake for our businesses and the jobs we support,” said Del Chiaro.
Companies that want to contribute to CALSSA’s Solar & Storage Defense Fund can: go here to make a donation or contact [email protected] to discuss options.
News item from CALSSA