SB 199 Up for Committee Vote

Administration support has helped to forward the amended solar homes bill, SB 199, to the Assembly Utility and Commerce Committee for a vote. If the committee approves the bill it will then have to pass in the Assembly, Senate and possibly the Senate Energy Committee, according to the California Solar Energy Industry Associatioin (CalSEIA).

Sacaramento, California – August 26, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Administration support for the bill is important, but the first committee vote is a crucial stage toward the bill’s approval. Senate bill 199 is an amended version of SB 1652, authored by Senator Kevin Murray. The Assembly Appropriations Committee did not approve Murray’s bill when it went before the legislature earlier this year. Amendments for the bill were suggested by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration. Legislation in SB 199 includes: – Allows the CEC to spend forward the Emerging Account funding (Public Trust Fund 2006 through 2011), which will amount to approximately $200 million – Raises the net meting cap to 5% – CEC performance based pilot for a workable program that ensures performance for small and large systems – Includes an affordable housing program – Mandate of the building industry to offer solar beginning in 2008 – Creates a Million Solar Homes Peak energy Procurement program for systems between 1kW and 3 kW – Provides Zero Energy program for new peak program run by the California Energy Commission (CEC) with up to 50% increase in rebates – PUC must initiate a rate proceeding to accommodate peak procurement program in February 2005 CalSEIA supports the administrations bill, which is also known as the Million Solar Homes plan. “This is a historic moment in California history,” CalSEIA Executive Director Jan McFarland said. “Under the leadership of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, California is poised to become a world leader in the solar energy market.”

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