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Please, PUC, don't cast a cloud over the solar boom

Please, PUC, don't cast a cloud over the solar boom

Southern California, the land of sunny days and houses as far as the eye can see, is particularly suited to take advantage of rooftop solar.

And though solar was slow to take off, it is sizzling now, thanks to government incentives and subsidies to offset the steep installation costs. Almost 400,000 California homes have solar panels on their roofs, turning the rays of the sun into kilowatts to run toasters and TVs.

Excess sun power — that is, the power generated by a solar-equipped household but not used by that household — goes back into the great electric grid that feeds the rest of us. Solar-producing households get monetary credit for every kilowatt they...

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