LAS VEGAS — Solar post lights are up in San Francisco’s Mission District for the next two days, and some customers are bracing for another solar power shortage.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission voted to extend the current solar power moratorium until the end of June, a decision that will require utilities to work with local companies to install new equipment, but not until after the next statewide power outage.
“The city has a long-standing history of encouraging community involvement in solar energy projects, and we are grateful to the many community members and other stakeholders who worked together to create a strong community solar program in San Jose,” the commission wrote in a statement.
It is not yet clear how many customers will be able to access the new solar energy by the end the summer.
Some utility customers have already seen power restored, and are waiting for a power-pumping company to return power to customers.
For others, solar panels are now working as usual.
But for some, the lack of power is making the job of installing solar panels nearly impossible.
Solar energy is considered one of the cheapest forms of power, and customers have been waiting for more than a month for the state to approve a power transmission tax credit to help pay for the cost of installing and operating the equipment.
That credit is set to expire this summer, and will be used to cover the cost for solar projects that don’t meet the state’s standards.