Community Solar Bill advances in Sacramento

There’s a problem when it comes to rooftop solar panels. About 44 percent of California residents are renters, not homeowners, which means that a lot of people who want to go solar can’t because they don’t own their roofs.

Now the state legislature is weighing an innovative but controversial Senate bill that would allow people to join forces and collectively “buy” solar power from a shared facility. The state’s three big investor-owned utilities – PG&E, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric – have all weighed in with concerns about the bill.

We wrote about the bill earlier this month. And Berkeley resident Tom Price, who tweets
@TomPrice, can fill you in on anything else you need to know; he’s one of several stakeholders who helped draft the legislation.

The bill, sponsored by State Sen. Lois Wolk (D-Davis) and known as SB 843, cleared a key hurdle last week when it passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. It now awaits a hearing by the full assembly.




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