February Solar Policy Previews
New bill would require large California counties to use instant online solar permits
California Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has introduced a bill that would require instant online solar licensing in counties with populations over 150,000. The bill has received nearly unanimous support so far, passing the Senate by a 31-1 vote.
Governor Cooper Signs Executive Order Establishing Plan for Zero Emissions North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order raising the statewide carbon emissions reduction goal to 50% by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050. The executive order also prioritizes to the diversity of clean energy jobs and a firm-wide dedication to environmental justice.
White House announces new clean energy plans, including Agriculture Department support for solar power in rural communities
The Biden-Harris administration has announced new plans to expand clean energy, including accelerating reviews for projects on public lands, boosting clean energy in underserved rural communities, and more. The White House said the most important tool, however, is the passage of the Build Back Better Act with its many clean energy provisions.
Connecticut Launches 9-Year Energy Storage Incentive Program
Connecticut’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has created a new program offering upfront incentives of approximately $200/kWh to customers who install energy storage systems. The program is open to all residential, commercial and industrial utility customers.
Mississippi expands net metering program, adds $3,000 solar rebate
The Mississippi Public Service Commission released new net metering rules that improve total compensation rates for solar customers and prioritize low-to-moderate income customers. The new rules include an upfront rebate of $3,000 for solar projects between 3 and 6 kW.
US COMPETES Act of 2022 authorizes $3 billion for domestic solar manufacturing
The United States House of Representatives introduced the COMPETES Act, which provides significant investment to stimulate domestic manufacturing of solar components. The legislation would establish a program of direct grants and loans for the construction of new solar component manufacturing facilities as well as for the retrofitting or expansion of existing facilities.
WoodMac: California’s NEM 3.0 proposal would halve residential solar market by 2024
New analysis from Wood Mackenzie finds that California’s proposed net metering tariff decision would reduce the value proposition of solar power and force installers to sell smaller systems to save money. WoodMac estimated the move would halve the state‘s residential solar market by 2024.
Arizona Corporation Commission cancels 100% clean energy proposal
The Arizona Corporation Commission voted against passing proposed energy rules that would require the state’s electric utilities to reduce their carbon emissions and pave the way for 100% clean energy for the state. Commissioners who voted against passage largely attributed their decision to avoiding higher energy tariffs.
Ohio Senate passes bill to limit HOA solar installation restrictions
The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that would limit the ability of homeowners associations (HOAs) to reject residential rooftop solar panels. The legislation sets guidelines for when HOAs must allow residents to switch to solar power, but HOAs are still allowed to prohibit solar panels in their filings.
A utility is behind Florida’s anti-net-metering legislation
Florida’s solar industry is mobilizing against legislation that would reduce net metering in the state and potentially add fixed charges for customers. the The Tampa Bay Times reported the bill was drafted and delivered to lawmakers by the Florida Power & Light utility.
Maine Takes Steps to Accelerate Solar Interconnect
The Maine Public Utilities Commission is reviewing a plan to streamline solar interconnection in the state, according to Spectrum News. The deal would pay new analysts to work on cluster studies for projects seeking interconnection in the same substation.
Indiana Court of Appeals Overturns Utility’s Attempt to Bypass Net Metering
A coalition of solar companies and consumer advocates challenged a decision by the Indiana Public Utilities Commission allowing a utility to change the way solar bill credits were calculated. The Indiana Court of Appeals sided with the coalition and dismissed the utility’s plan for violating state net metering laws.