California unveils major proposed changes to key rooftop solar incentive

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Solar panels are seen on rooftops amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Santa Clarita, near Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 18, 2020. Picture taken June 18, 2020. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

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Dec 13 (Reuters) - California on Monday proposed lowering the amount homeowners and businesses with solar panels receive for selling their excess energy into the electric grid, marking a substantial reform of the state's key rooftop solar incentive.

The changes to the state's so-called net metering policy are intended to incentivize solar adopters to pair batteries with their rooftop installations, California Public Utilities Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves said, a move that would shore up the grid during times of high demand.

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Reporting by Nichola Groom; Editing by Mark Porter

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