Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Them

Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Them

As utilities push back against solar-friendly net metering policies across the country, systems’ installers in California and elsewhere argue that such a move could cloud the industry’s future.

Within the solar installer community, it had come to be known as “the cliff.”

“It was very, very scary for the industry,” says Adam Gerza, the director of government affairs at San Diego-based Sullivan Solar Power.

Legislation enacted in 2006 — and then updated in 2010 — placed a cap on the number of California utility customers with solar installations eligible for taking advantage of the state’s net metering program. And that program had become a very powerful tool for

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