Tensions Flare as California’s Solar Industry Waits for Key Ruling on Community Solar Market

By [email protected] Debate continues to simmer in California as to what role community solar projects will play as part of the state’s new building codes that require solar installations on all new homes, which went into effect at the start of this year.

Sacramento is ground zero for the tension, as the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) works to persuade regulators at the California Energy Commission to approve a program called SolarShares that it considers to be a form of community solar. But the solar industry has pushed back on the SolarShares program, arguing that it would set a poor precedent for the

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