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County Supes Want More Solar

San Diego County supervisors say residential solar users should be able to reap the benefits of their investment. The supervisors say allowing homeowners to sell their excess power would be good for t

County Supes Want More Solar

San Diego County supervisors say residential solar users should be able to reap the benefits of their investment. The supervisors say allowing homeowners to sell their excess power would be good for the economy and the environment. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

Under current rules, if a solar-powered home generates more electricity than it uses, the excess is carried forward on the customer's bill for 12 months.
 
Any yearly surplus goes to the utility.
 
But County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and the other supervisors are pushing for a new state law to let residential solar users sell their excess power back to their local utilities.

Jacob: This I think could just bust open, break open, the whole solar industry in San Diego County. So it not only means producing energy, using the sun as our energy source to the maximum extent possible, but it means that people would be paying lower electricity rates.

A bill that would have allowed the reselling of surplus power failed in the last legislative session but is expected to be reintroduced next year.
 
Ed Joyce, KPBS News.