February 14, 2008 | 7 Comments
Novato, California [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Californians could soon make money off of their solar systems if a newly introduced bill becomes law. California State Assemblymember Jared Huffman has introduced legislation that would require utilities to pay individuals for any excess solar power produced at a home, government building or business. Currently, the best consumers can get is a "zero" energy bill.
"This bill will encourage not just more solar power but conservation and efficiency as well as owners see a benefit to generating surplus power." --Bernadette Del Chiaro, Advocate, Environment California
Assembly Bill 1920, which is sponsored by Environment California, was unveiled at the location of California’s largest solar producer, SPG Solar in Novato. AB 1920 will enable consumers who produce solar power to get paid by their utility company for any excess electricity they produce on an annual basis. The level of compensation would be set by the Public Utilities Commission and would help the utility meet their renewable energy goals mandated by state law.
“If California wants to become the Saudia Arabia of the sun, we have to remove all barriers to going solar and we have to be fair for those who have invested their own money in solar power,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, clean energy advocate with Environment California. “This bill will encourage not just more solar power but conservation and efficiency as well as owners see a benefit to generating surplus power.”