June Solar Policy Snapshots

Missouri advocates are urging the governor to sign a bill that would allow more HOA residents to go solar.

Hundreds of environmental groups call for inquiry into electricity industry
washington d.c.

More than 230 consumer, environmental and public interest groups have filed a petition with the Federal Trade Commission asking the group to investigate the electric utility industry for “widespread abuses.” These alleged abuses include denying customers access to renewable energy, corruption and “dark money” campaigns.

DOE Creates Task Force to Address Clean Energy Interconnection Backlog
washington d.c.

The U.S. Department of Energy has created a new partnership of grid operators, utilities, clean energy developers and others to try to solve the challenges of deploying more clean energy on the grid . The Interconnection Innovation e-Xchange is funded by President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act.

19 bipartisan governors ask Commerce to expedite solar panel probe
washington d.c.

As uncertainty surrounding the AD/CVD affair continues, 19 bipartisan governors have sent a letter to President Biden and the Department of Commerce Sec. Gina Raimondo calls for expedited review process. The governors wrote that the case was disrupting solar markets in their states and hurting workers.

DOE offers $8 million for projects to advance agrivoltaics
washington d.c.

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a new funding opportunity for projects that investigate how solar power combined with agriculture, or agrivoltaics, can evolve and provide new opportunities for farmers and rural communities. The $8 million will support up to six agrivoltaic projects.

CPUC reopens NEM 3.0 procedure and seeks public input
Sacramento, California

The California Public Utilities Commission announced that it had “reopened the case” on its NEM 3.0 procedure to gather more information on the key points of the proposed decision. The California Solar & Storage Association has held rallies to protest that a solar tax is still being considered.

Maryland Legislation Would Encourage Low-Income Community Solar Power and Increase Net Metering Cap
Annapolis, Maryland

Maryland lawmakers have passed bills that would exempt community solar projects from property taxes if they serve a certain percentage of low-income customers or meet other criteria, and increase the net metering cap for such projects. 2MW to 5MW. Both bills await Governor Larry Hogan’s signature.

Missouri bill would reduce HOA sunscreen restrictions
Jefferson City, Mo.

The Missouri Legislature has passed a bill that would reduce solar HOA restrictions, exempt certain solar installations from sales taxes and more. Solar advocates have worked to include these provisions in the bill and are urging Gov. Mike Parson to sign it as soon as possible.

New legislation could give the New York Power Authority and utilities an edge in solar development
Albany, New York

New bills in New York State would grant the New York Power Authority unlimited ability to purchase, build and operate renewable energy projects without any competitive cost controls, and allow utilities regulated to own and operate large renewable energy projects for the first time. Opponents say such bills could make it difficult for private developers of renewable energy to compete in the market.