On Nov. 13, climate advocates and solar industry supporters will attend the California Energy Commission (CEC) meeting to oppose the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)’s SolarShares proposal. The CEC will vote on SMUD’s proposal at the meeting. SMUD is applying to be the administrator of a new SolarShares program that can be used by California builders and developers as a compliance alternative to the onsite PV required by the new Title 24 mandate of solar on all new homes starting in 2020.
Solar advocates say that if passed, SMUD’s proposal could have broad statewide implications, seriously undermining California’s new home solar mandate. SMUD’s proposal is the first in the state to take advantage of the alternative compliance option, but falls short of the 2019 Building Standards’ goal to expand local solar energy development where new homes are being built, according to Vote Solar.
The CEC meeting on Nov. 13 can be watched remotely here.