Solar panels on a roof. Nan Brasmer says those without the panels are subsidizing those who have them.

I’ve seen a few people breathlessly write articles and letters to the Desert Sun about how terrible it will be if people with rooftop solar are forced to pay their fair share of costs of electricity.

They all have an agenda. Let me lay out what’s really going on.

California’s Net Energy Metering program, or NEM, is a state program that subsidizes people who put rooftop solar on their homes. Guess who pays for those subsidies? Everyone else without solar, including seniors on fixed incomes, low-income customers and renters.

We can all agree that rooftop solar is wonderful and it will continue to be a major part of California’s clean energy mix. But the current NEM program is unfair and needs reform.

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