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One Planet: The future of rooftop solar in California

Workers install solar panels on the roof of a home in Camarillo, Calif., in 2013. San Francisco has recently decided to start requiring rooftop solar systems — electrical or heating — on new construction up to 10 stories tall.
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Workers install solar panels on the roof of a home in Camarillo, Calif., in 2013. San Francisco has recently decided to start requiring rooftop solar systems — electrical or heating — on new construction up to 10 stories tall.

On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we discuss rooftop solar in California. Last month, the California Public Utilities Commission proposed changes to the state's residential solar industry, including reducing the financial incentives for rooftop solar owners. The proposal has sparked a debate among utilities, the solar industry, environmental activists and homeowners. What do we need to know about the residential rooftop industry in California?

Guest:

Sammy Roth, energy & environment reporter for the Los Angeles Times

Web Resources:

Los Angeles Times: Everything you need to know about California’s plan to slash solar incentives

Los Angeles Times: Should California slash rooftop solar incentives? We took a survey

Los Angeles Times: Biden’s climate bill might be dead. But he just approved two huge solar farms

New York Times: A Fight Over Rooftop Solar Threatens California’s Climate Goals

Los Angeles Times, Sammy Roth: Getting personal about climate change made me a better reporter

Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.