Might solar coverage snapshots
New Mexico is now open to the community solar business
Albuquerque, New Mexico
On April 5, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill to approve solar projects in New Mexico. Proponents say the addition of Community Solar is an important addition to the governor’s Energy Transition Act, which sets goals to replace coal with renewable energy.
The new California law would create a 30% direct payment tax credit for qualified microgrids
California MP Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) introduced a bill to create a 30% tax credit with a direct payment option to support microgrid deployment in the state. The bill would help ensure the necessary protection against power outages.
SEIA adds environmental justice to the core advocacy efforts
SEIA has published a green policy platform to help the organization expand equitable access to solar energy. New goals include providing career paths in solar energy for underserved communities and supporting tax policies that remove barriers to funding solar systems.
The NYSEIA report finds that coverage area restrictions are the major barrier to solar adoption in the community
Albany, New York
Although the New York community solar program was successful, NYSEIA released a report detailing the policy changes that would allow for faster growth. To overcome the biggest hurdle, the group suggests that the state introduce cross-service credit to allow billing credits to be transferred across coverage areas.
A broad coalition is calling on Congress to expand local rooftop and community solar energy for all
A coalition of energy justice advocates sent a letter to Congress leaders asking them to develop guidelines that prioritize the equitable use of renewable energy. The group strongly recommends local rooftop and community solar options to help more people understand the benefits of renewable energy.
President Biden is setting a new goal to cut US carbon emissions in half by 2030
President Joe Biden announced a new goal for the United States to cut carbon emissions by 50 to 52% by 2030 compared to 2005. This early target is a major milestone in Biden’s ultimate goal of net zero emissions by 2050.
Washington state’s Climate Commitment Act advances to Governor Inslee’s desk
Washington state legislation passed the Climate Commitment Act and sent the legislation to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk in late April. The bill would introduce a decreasing cap on carbon and greenhouse gas emissions while stimulating investment in new infrastructure.
Michigan legislature introduces bipartisan solar legislation
Non-partisan lawmakers in Michigan are working to open the state’s communal solar market with House Bills 4715-16. The legislation would allow the development of municipal solar projects with an output of up to 5 MW in the state.
South Carolina PSC rejects Dominion solar plan and maintains net metering
Columbia, South Carolina
The South Carolina Public Service Commission ruled in favor of the solar industry and put down Dominion’s latest proposal for a tariff case. Proponents warned Dominion’s plan would have placed excessive fees on rooftop solar customers and slowed solar adoption in the state.
West Virginia legalizes sales contracts for solar energy
Charleston, West Virginia
West Virginia lawmakers passed law allowing power purchase agreements in the state. PPAs give tax-exempt organizations in the state the financial opportunity to run solar by working with developers who then return electricity to them at a fixed price.