Solar Bill of Rights passes out of Senate committee

The bill that would put more power in the hands of solar customers is making its way through the California Legislature.

The Solar Bill of Rights (S-288) requires that utility companies coordinate with independent system operators to reconfigure tariffs and remove things that stop participation in “customer-sited energy resources” in programs that are meant to deliver capacity, energy and ancillary services for bulk power systems. As a result, solar customers could store electricity and tap into the grid without fees.

The bill passed out of the state Senate’s Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee recently with a vote that was unanimous.

If it became law, the Solar Bill of Rights would help solar customers who obtain utility services through the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). It would also become the first piece of legislation of its kind to pass in the U.S.

The bill has wide support, from housing developers, to schools, to environmental groups, and of course from Aztec Solar.

See the bill language here.

Solar is a path to a more sustainable future and residents and businesses across the Sacramento region are going solar more and more. If you are interested in learning what solar can do for you and your electricity bill, contact one of our solar professionals at 916.853.2700.

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