Community Renewable Energy Sparks in California

Legislation introduced in the California Senate would enable community renewable energy systems for customers of the state’s major utilities: PG&E, SCE and SDG&E.

Customers – homes, businesses, schools and public agencies – that choose to participate would receive credit on their utility bills for their portion of the clean power generated, much as if those systems were located on site.

The Wolk Community Shared Solar Bill (SB 843), sponsored by Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis), would create 12,000 local jobs, and $7.5 billion in economic activity by expanding access to the state’s renewable energy market, says Vote Solar, which analyzed the plan.

Clean energy is one of the fastest growing sectors of California’s economy, yet three out of four energy customers – including the state’s millions of renters – can’t generate their own on-site power from solar, wind and other renewables… Read more

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