Fraser’s solar bill, SB 545, just passed out of the Senate floor with a vote of 26 to 4.
SB 545 will:
- Build our emerging renewable technologies
- Create jobs
- Lower electric costs in the long term
- Reduce pollution
- Assure fair prices for excess electricity generated by distributive renewable energy sources; and
- Allow new home buyers to have a solar option.
More specifically, the bill provides $500 million over the next 5 years in solar incentives. The PUC will also have an option of extending the program.
A few good amendments also got tacked on at the 11th hour, so now the bill also contains:
- net metering language, so that folks with solar panels on their homes will be able to sell power back into the grid at a fair rate
- an amendment so that Home Owner’s Associations won’t be able to prevent people from putting solar panels on their homes unless the HOA can prove it is dangerous
- a website requirement so that PUC will have to provide information to the public on solar incentives and subsidies available
- a requirement that electrical coops and munis have to adopt a similar solar program and report back to the lege in 3 years to prove they’ve done their homework
Now all we need to get solar panels on your house… is to get a companion bill through the House