Lakeside woman reports high power bill despite solar panels

Posted at 5:00 PM, Aug 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-29 21:24:00-04

LAKESIDE, Calif. (KGTV) - A Lakeside woman who spent $42,000 to have solar panels installed on her home is angry about an $848 electric bill from San Diego Gas and Electric.

Michaela Wright told 10News her power bill is three times higher than it was at this time last year.

“How could I possibly get a bill this high when I bought solar panels,” questioned Wright.

Wright called the high bill “price gouging” and said it was "out of hand" with a 26 percent rate hike coming in the next three years. She’s been writing letters to lawmakers and calling the governor to demand action.

To make a difference, Wright also wants her East County neighbors to talk part in a walk-out. She would like to see residents leave their homes and stop using power between 4 and 9 p.m., twice a month.

“Hit them in the pocketbooks because money talks and when you start losing money they start paying attention. I just feel we have to do something,” Wright said.

SDG&E spokesperson Wes Jones wouldn’t comment on the walk-out or talk specifically about Wright’s bill. However, he said SDG&E recommends customers use less energy during peak hours: precisely what Wright is proposing with the walk-out.

Jones also suggested Wright check with her solar company.

“The solar system is matched to the solar energy you need and should work with your solar provider to see if your system is generating the energy needs that you have,” said Jones.

Wright said she has been in touch with her solar company - and now it’s time to turn out the lights and walk out.

“I’ve had enough, and the rest of San Diego feels the same… we’ve got to do something,” Wright said.
Wright created a Facebook page called “Stop SDG&E Now” with more information on the walk-out.