California unveils major proposed changes to key rooftop solar incentive

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Solar panels are seen on rooftops amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Santa Clarita near Los Angeles

– California on Monday proposed lowering the amount homeowners and businesses with solar panels receive for selling their excess energy into the electric grid, marking a substantial reform of the state’s key rooftop solar incentive.

The changes to the state’s so-called net metering policy are intended to incentivize solar adopters to pair batteries with their rooftop installations, California Public Utilities Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves said, a move that would shore up the grid during times of high demand.

(Reporting by Nichola Groom; Editing by Mark Porter)

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