County Supervisors support net metering
Currently if you have solar panels on your roof, you are not paid for any excess power you might have generated during the year at the “true up” time. Instead your account is zeroed out. Assembly Bill 920, currently before the State Legislature, would change that. AB 920 would allow owners of solar and wind energy systems to be paid a fair price for any excess power fed into the grid. Utilities would be allowed to count the purchased power toward meeting their annual Renewable Portfolio Standard Goals.
Acting on a resolution introduced by Supervisor Neal Coonerty, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors has voted support of AB 920.
If passed, AB 920 would enable homes, small businesses, schools, and farms that produce renewable energy to get paid by their utility company for any excess electricity they produce that goes back on the grid. AB 920 is supported by Sierra Club, Environment California, the Planning and Conservation League, AFL-CIO, the California Association of Realtors and the Coalition for Clean Air.