California’s Solar Rights Bill, SB 288, is up for hearing as early within the next two months in the State Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications, with the potential to be come law later this year. The bill would remove barriers to solar, including outdated tariffs and delayed connections to the grid, protecting the estimated 800,000 solar homes in the state, as well as potential adopters.
The legislation, sponsored by State Senators Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Jim Nielsen (R-Red Bluff), defends solar consumers against the utilities in an unprecedented way. The California Solar & Storage Association, Vote Solar, and the Solar Rights Alliance cultivated broad-based support throughout the state for the legislation, introduced on February 13.
The Solar Bill of Rights, guarantees:
— Your right to make and store solar energy on your property without interference from the utility.
— Your right to connect your solar and storage to the grid quickly, without utility red tape.
— Your freedom from unfair fees that discriminate against you just for having solar.
— The Solar Bill of Rights will also expand the ability to share extra energy with the grid, and get a fair credit in return, Wiener said in a statement.