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The Troubling 'Tactics' Politicians Are Using To Attack Rooftop Solar


CNBC — There are signs that rooftop solar may be feeling the effects of political attacks. Those attacks could hinder efforts to fight climate change and reduce the resiliency of America's power grid.

As we witness the violent effects of climate change across the country – from rampant, destructive wildfires to back-to-back, devastating hurricanes – our elected leaders should be doing all they can to rapidly transition away from dirty fuel sources.

Instead, politicians influenced by fossil fuel and utility companies are working feverishly to stifle renewable energy growth.

In 2015, Nevada lawmakers passed a bill that allowed utilities to charge rooftop solar customers extra. The state's solar industry was effectively frozen as a result. Within a month three major solar companies, SolarCity, Sunrun and Vivint, announced they were forced to leave the state and terminate hundreds of jobs.

"Politicians influenced by fossil fuel and utility companies are working feverishly to stifle renewable energy growth. This slowdown of rooftop solar growth is problematic, and not just for solar customers and renewable energy companies."