Rooftop Solar Consumer Protection Bill Is Sent to Governor’s Desk

Monday, September 11, 2017

Legislation Would Help Protect Homeowners Investing in Solar Power

SACRAMENTO  – (Monday, Sept. 11, 2017) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) won final approval from the state Legislature of her bill to protect consumers looking to invest in solar power for their homes. The bill would bring necessary oversight to the expanding rooftop-solar-energy industry at a time when many Californians are turning to solar power to reduce their energy costs and help the environment.

AB 1070 passed the Assembly today 61-0 after passing the Senate by a 40-0 margin on Sept. 7.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               
“Given the reality of climate change, we should do everything possible to help Californians use clean-energy sources like solar power,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said. “Unfortunately, it’s very hard for homeowners to figure out which rooftop-solar companies are honest and which are trying to rip them off. We need more transparency so customers can make informed, educated decisions when making such a sizable investment in their homes.”

The use of solar energy has expanded dramatically in California. Solar energy generates enough electricity to power 4.7 million homes annually, and the solar energy industry employs more than 100,000 people in California. California ranks first in the nation when it comes to residential and non-residential solar projects. 

The increasing popularity of residential solar energy systems means the state needs to enact consumer protections to ensure that solar energy system customers are being treated honestly and fairly. AB 1070 directs the Contractors State License Board to develop a fillable solar system disclosure document that must be provided to consumers before they purchase, lease or finance a solar energy system. The bill also makes the Department of Consumer Affairs responsible for resolving complaints against solar companies and for overseeing residential rooftop solar energy providers so that a process is in place to resolve consumer disputes in this emerging industry. 

For more information on this issue or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, contact Alex Roth at 619-228-3253.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher represents California’s 80th Assembly District, located in southern San Diego County, including the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, and National City. She serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace, and Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. For more information on Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher visit https://a80.asmdc.org/