June solar coverage snapshots

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Michigan solar advocates have formed a coalition to advocate community solar legislation in the state.

DOE Announces $ 10 Million SolSmart Program Funding to Increase Equity in Solar Energy
Washington, DC

The US Department of Energy announced new funding initiatives to support solar use in underserved communities. $ 10 million will help a new SolSmart administrator update and manage the program, and $ 5.5 million will help connect local governments with technical experts to increase solar adoption.

South Carolina legislation that exempts leased solar projects from property tax is awaiting the governor’s signature
Colombia, South Carolina

South Carolina legislature passed a bill that would exempt leased and third-party solar projects from property tax. The exception already applies to solar customers who own their systems. The bill is on the governor’s desk.

South Carolina PSC finalizes new rules for net metering
Colombia, South Carolina

The South Carolina Public Service Commission has finalized rules for net metering in the state that will extend the net metering regime of current solar consumers to 2025 or 2029, depending on when they have solar power. The new program includes time-of-use tariffs and discounts for smart thermostats.

Michigan Community Solar Alliance Forms When State Consider Enabling Legislation
Lansing, Michigan

Michigan solar advocates have formed a coalition to support municipal solar energy in the state as lawmakers are considering allowing these types of projects. The group’s 13 organizations range from construction companies to air quality groups.

Colorado PUC accepts SEIA request to simplify solar and storage connection
Denver, Colorado

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission adopted recommendations from SEIA and the Colorado Solar and Storage Association to simplify interconnection rules and remove confusion for customers. The clarification will make it easier for residential and C&I solar projects to qualify for expedited processing.

SEIA creates Storage Advocacy Network to promote policy support for emerging technologies
Washington, DC

SEIA announced the launch of a Dedicated Storage Advocacy Network, a new, formal branch of SEIA that will serve as the national and state advocacy group for energy storage. The nonprofit announced that it will shortly announce additional plans to integrate storage into its research and education offerings.

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