CT Green Guide Weekly
March 25, 2014
The Connecticut General Assembly has advanced a bill allowing renters and homeowners with unsuitable roofs to buy into local solar systems and reap the savings.
The Energy & Technology Committee voted 22-1 in mid-March to allow Senate Bill 353 to go before the vote of the entire legislature, clearing a path for it to be adopted this year.
The bill is meant to overcome a barrier many Connecticut residents have in buying local solar power because they either don’t own their home or don’t have a home suitable for a renewable energy array.
SB 353 would established a limited pilot program in two communities where residents could subscribe to local, off-site renewable energy projects and receive a utility bill credit for their portion of the energy produced.
Ten other states have similar laws, including Massachusetts and Vermont. Connecticut has 74 megawatts of installed solar capacity. See full article.