Solar Rights Alliance is a nonprofit association of California solar users and people who want solar or support the growth of renewable energy. We believe everyone has the right to make energy from the sun on their property without unreasonable interference by the utility or the government.
To carry out our mission, we keep track of what the utilities, politicians and regulators are up to and alert our members when there is a threat to their investment - or an opportunity to expand access to rooftop solar. Our focus is on empowering solar users to advocate effectively for their interests and beliefs - by providing our members with information, tools and know-how to make a difference.
We are a new organization. We launched in early 2018 and have grown to just over 10,000 members. This year, we helped Sacramento solar users defeat a proposal by their utility (SMUD) to hit every solar customer with a $40-$60 fixed charge that would have devastated the investments of over 20,000 solar consumers in the region and destroyed the market for solar going forward. We are currently helping Redding and San Diego County solar users fight back against similar charges and have sponsored statewide legislation to prohibit discriminatory charges against solar users.
In 2020, we expect to continue fighting local fixed charges, other threats to the expansion of rooftop solar, including the campaign proposed here. We will also work to get state leaders to aggressively press forward with plans to help residents and businesses establish local solar-powered "microgrids" across California that ensure that every community is outage-proofed during emergencies.