March is turning into one of the busiest months ever for solar in Pennsylvania, at least legislation-wise. The latest bill would lift the state’s renewable energy goal from 8% by 2026 to 18%, with a 5.5% solar carveout.
The bill aims to thaw frozen tax-equity markets and help the solar and clean energy sectors recover from the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
House Bill 1787 would change the state’s net metering so that solar customers would lose roughly two-thirds of their current benefit.
The 2021 Act on Climate has passed in both chambers of the state legislature, with only reconciliation of the two versions standing between it and Gov. Dan McKee.
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Community solar installations up to 2 MW may be developed on business- and residential-zoned land, with work yet to be done to open farmland to development.
The bills would allow local elected officials to require a vote on projects set to be developed within a township.
SB 84 would establish a 100 MW community solar program and also include a 30% annual capacity carve-out for low-income customers and related service organizations.
HOAs could still complain about some things related to solar, but could no longer ban them outright.
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