Roof solar advocates, foes cheer new study; Court Rich, Rose Law Group Senior Partner & Director of Renewable Energy Department, responds


Rose Law Group partner Court Rich: “If monopoly utilities really wanted to lower ratepayer bills, they could start by lowering their own inflated returns.”

By Ryan Randazzo | The Republic

Solar customers can indeed cause the price of electricity to increase for people without solar, but only in places where many people install solar and electric utilities compensate people generously for their excess generation, a new study concluded.

The study, titled “Putting the Potential Rate Impacts of Distributed Solar Into Context,” was published this month by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a federal research lab under the Department of Energy, and has conclusions that both solar advocates and utilities appreciate.