Nevada Poised to Go Big on Clean Energy

Nevada state lawmakers are back in Carson City, and they’re busy. Over the next three months, policymakers will decide the fate of the Silver State’s clean energy economy in more than a dozen related bills. 

Vote Solar is laser-focused on three opportunities in Nevada that support lasting solar jobs, expand consumer energy options, and improve energy security in the state, and we’ve teamed up with clean energy advocates, community leaders and lawmakers to move them forward.

1.     Community Solar (BDR 58-663) — will increase clean energy opportunities and unlock the cost-savings benefits of solar for more Nevadan residents, particularly renters and low-income families.

Cost-competitive solar power delivers tremendous benefits, but the traditional panels-on-your-roof approach to solar simply does not work for many of Nevada’s energy consumers. Families who rent, with shaded rooftops, or that lack access to financing options face barriers to participation. Community solar allows customers to subscribe to a solar project located somewhere else in their community and earn credit on their utility bills for their portion of the clean power produced. This statewide program would connect more Nevadans with the solar power they want and spur additional investment in Nevada’s new energy economy, and ensures that low-income families are able to participate. 

2.     Renewable Portfolio Standard AB 206 — will increase Nevada’s renewable targets to 50 percent by 2030 and set a goal of at least 80 percent by 2040. Increasing the Silver State’s renewable goals is not only ambitious — it’s within reach. Solar and other clean resources are affordable, abundant and more popular than ever in Nevada, and state leaders aim to put those resources to work powering Nevada’s new energy economy, supporting good paying jobs, and creating healthier communities for Nevada families. 

3.    Restore Net Metering AB 270 — Solar customers should be fully and fairly compensated for their valuable contribution of local clean energy to the grid, and this bill aims to deliver. After more than a year fighting in all forums to restore net metering, the law is now being hashed out in the legislature. That means that the voices of Nevadan families and businesses are more powerful than ever on driving solar progress.

If we’re able to expand the benefits of clean energy access to all communities, up the ante on the Silver State’s renewable goals, and restore rights for families and businesses that invest in solar, then Nevada will regain leadership as a clean energy powerhouse.

This article was originally published by Vote Solar and was republished with permission.

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Jessica leads Vote Solar's campaigns in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada. She currently serves on the Distributed Generation and Storage Technical Advisory Committee for the Nevada Governor's New Energy Industry Task Force. She formerly worked for both the Denver's Mayor Office and Department of Environmental Health where she helped create a local government working group focused on intervening in energy dockets at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. She also served as Director of Education for the U.S. Green Building Council Colorado Chapter, Director of Environmental Sustainability for Lewis and Clark Community College, and Director of Education for the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center. Jessica graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in biology and environmental studies. When she's not advancing solar policy, Jessica can be found exploring the extensive trail systems near her home in Centennial, Colorado with her husband, Peter, and their energetic hound dog, Pippi.

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