New bill mandating solar energy

CALSEIA stands at the ready in creating the local jobs, carbon-free electricity, and grid reliability that comes with this cleaner future.”Kathryn Phillips, director of Sierra Club California, adds, “Getting 100 percent renewable is 100 percent possible and 200 percent necessary. B.100 responds to what survey after survey shows that Californians want: clean energy, clean air and a future for the next generation.”Also on Wednesday, the California Senate passed two bills sponsored by Sen.

And for the first time electric utilities would be required to let state residents participate in a program called community solar. Pork Council, independent solar developers, municipal power agencies, rural electric cooperatives and others. “I’m not sure anyone thought we could get to this point in the process,” Szoka said.

The program lets residents purchase stakes in solar farms not located on their property, getting credit for the power their share generates, just as if the solar panels were bolted to their roof. North Carolina law currently prohibits a solar developer from owning a solar panel array on someone else’s roof and selling electricity directly to the owner of the property, which would bypass the electric utility.

The Legislature finds that it is in the public interest to develop the State's indigenous renewable energy resources, including abundant and widespread solar energy, in a manner that protects and improves the health and well-being of the citizens and natural environment of the State while also providing tangible economic benefits to communities, ratepayers and the overall economy.

The Legislature finds that the development of the solar energy potential in the State needs to be integrated into the existing energy supply and transmission systems in a way that achieves system reliability, total capital cost-effectiveness and optimum short-term and long-term benefits to the citizens of the State.

The Legislature finds it is in the public interest for the State to encourage and plan for significant solar energy production as part of a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the goals established in the state climate action plan developed pursuant to Title 38, section 577.

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