There is a long history of monopoly utilities, fossil fuel companies and aligned interests working to block rooftop solar and batteries. These efforts to stop consumer energy choice can be traced back to 2012!
Monopoly utilities fund Edison Electric Institute (EEI), who issued their report “Disruptive Challenges” that claimed rooftop solar is a “threat” to the traditional utility business model and guaranteed profits. For almost a century, monopoly utilities have made money by building large infrastructure projects and then sending ratepayers the bill.
When families and businesses choose rooftop solar, hundreds of thousands of family-supporting careers are created. As of 2023, more than 250,000 people were employed in the solar industry. Across the United States, nearly 10% of homeowners had installed solar as of 2023, and this number is continuing to grow.
We advocate for strong consumer solar policies like Net Energy Metering (NEM), which ensures people are fairly compensated for the solar energy they provide to the electricity grid to serve their neighbors. We fight against utilities who try to slap discriminatory fees on solar customers.
When outdated monopoly utility companies impose onerous fees or wage anti-solar lobbying campaigns against consumer solar, we mobilize our communities to fight back.