January 27th's CPUC public comment period attracted more than 400 people looking to speak - each for no more than one minute. Below are the prepared remarks of Run on Sun Founder and CEO, Jim Jenal:
My name is Jim Jenal, and I am the Founder and CEO of Run on Sun, a solar and storage installation company in Pasadena.
I saw the flier that SCE distributed in my service area proclaiming that the present NEM rules are “Making Billionaires & Big Businesses Rich” – and I just had to shake my head, as I really don’t know who they are talking about.
Run on Sun is a gross revenue, half-a-million a year company, not exactly a big business; and no, I’m not a millionaire, let alone a billionaire. Nor is anyone I know in this industry. Most of us are small, and scrapy, and are doing this because we believe in the mission: to make the world a better place – one roof at a time.
And after all, isn’t that what we all strive to achieve? To make the world a better place for our kids?
The Proposed Decision does the opposite, and it needs to be scrapped.
(Editor's note: this was all that could be presented in one minute. The remainder of the prepared remarks continue below.)
SCE's lying flyer distributed to rate payers.
The statements on SCE’s flier prove just one thing: the IOUs and their allies LIE. They are lying to the public and to this Commission about what is at stake with this rule change.
My company, Run on Sun, has been in business since 2006 – we have weathered two massive recessions and survived a once in a century, global pandemic. We went a full quarter in 2020 and didn’t book a nickel in revenue – but we are back, stronger than ever.
And why is that? Because our clients want what we offer – independence. Independence from the misrepresentations and mismanagement of SCE and its IOU counterparts.
We are a local company, roughly 60% of our business is in SCE territory. After thousands of “kitchen table” conversations with prospective clients I can tell you that if the Proposed Decision is adopted, 80% of our SCE clients will NOT go forward. A twenty-year payback period just doesn’t make sense for most folks. Rather, the only ones who will go forward will be those for whom payback periods just don’t matter.
Surely that won’t make going solar more equitable.
The Proposed Decision is a disaster for the rooftop solar industry, for our clients, and for California’s stated goal to be a leader in solving the Climate Crisis.
The Proposed Decision does the opposite. It will decimate the rooftop solar industry in California, and send a terrible message to the rest of the country.
It needs to be scrapped, and replaced by a rule change that spurs the necessary expanding growth of the most successful solar and storage market in the country.
Thank you for your time and consideration.