August solar policy snapshots

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

Over 100 California city, county government leaders ask 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 asking the body to reject new solar fees. More than 24 city governments, 43 mayors and 40 city or county councilmembers signed the letter addresses to both the CPUC and Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Mississippi raises solar net-metering cap and 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 state rebate for homes and small businesses that go solar. The commission also announced higher rebate payments 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, DC

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

10-year 30% solar ITC back on the table in surprise Senate deal
Washington, DC

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

Illinois Commerce Commission approves detailed roadmap to reach 40% renewables by 2030
Springfield, Illinois

The Illinois Commerce Commission approved a long-term plan that outlines the steps the state must take to reach 40% renewables by 2030. This includes a roadmap for how the state will expand the Illinois Solar for All low-income program using a dedicated $70 million now available each year.

New Mexico’s hard-fought community solar legislation now in jeopardy
Santa Fe, New Mexico

After a yearlong, stakeholder-involved process establishing community solar rules in New Mexico based on 2021 legislation, the Southwestern Public Service Company filed a motion that could potentially stall the program for years. Advocates are asking for 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

Georgia’s Public Service Commission voted to expand solar arrays throughout Georgia by 200 MW and increase solar energy storage. The commission also established a DG Working Group to help speed solar project approval.

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