August Solar Policy Previews

All eyes are on the Senate as the most transformative climate bill in US history is considered.

More than 100 California cities and county government leaders call on CPUC to reject new solar fees
Sacramento, California

As the California Public Utilities Commission continues to deliberate on NEM 3.0, city and county government leaders across the state are calling on the body to reject the new solar charges. More than 24 city governments, 43 mayors, and 40 city or county council members signed the letters addressed to the CPUC and Governor Gavin Newsom.

Mississippi Raises Solar Net Metering Cap, Creates New Rebate Program
Jackson, Mississippi

The Mississippi Public Service Commission recently raised the state’s net metering participation cap and added a $3,500 rebate for homes and small businesses that switch to solar power. The commission also announced higher refunds to households earning up to 250% of the federal poverty level.

Biden administration announces new grant funding for solar job training, manufacturing and more
washington d.c.

The Biden administration announced a slate of new initiatives and $56 million in new funding to spur innovation in solar power manufacturing and recycling. The administration separately announced a $10 million investment in expanding community solar energy access and solar job training opportunities in underserved communities.

10-year 30% solar ITC is back on the table in surprise Senate deal
washington d.c.

On July 27, Senators Joe Manchin and Chuck Schumer announced a reconciliation agreement with climate provisions they now call the “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.” The deal includes a 10-year extension of the solar ITC and a stand-alone storage ITC, both at 30%.

Illinois Commerce Commission Approves Detailed Roadmap to Achieve 40% Renewable Energy by 2030
Springfield, Ill.

The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved a long-term plan that outlines steps the state must take to achieve 40 percent renewable energy by 2030. This includes a roadmap for how the State will expand the Illinois Solar for All program to low-income using a dedicated budget of $70 million. now available every year.

New Mexico’s hard-fought community solar legislation is now under threat
Santa Fe, New Mexico

After a year-long process involving stakeholders establishing community solar rules in New Mexico based on 2021 legislation, the Southwestern Public Service Company filed a petition that could potentially stall the program for years. The lawyers are asking the Supreme Court to dismiss the case and move forward with the program.

Georgia Public Service Commission approves 200 MW of new solar projects
Atlanta, Georgia

The Georgia Public Service Commission has voted to expand solar arrays throughout Georgia by 200 MW and increase solar energy storage. The commission has also established a DG task force to help expedite the approval of solar projects.