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June solar policy snapshots

Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 01st June

Michigan solar advocates have formed a coalition to push for community solar legislation in the state.

DOE announces $10 million in SolSmart program funding to increase solar energy equity
Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced new funding initiatives to support solar deployment in underserved communities. Ten million dollars will support a new SolSmart administrator to update and manage the program and $5.5 million will help connect local governments with technical experts to increase solar adoption.

South Carolina legislation exempting leased solar projects from property taxes awaits governor’s signature
Columbia, South Carolina

South Carolina legislators passed a bill that would exempt leased and third-party-owned residential solar projects from property taxes. The exemption already applies to solar customers who own their systems. The bill is on the governor’s desk.

South Carolina PSC finalizes new rules for net metering
Columbia, South Carolina

The South Carolina Public Service Commission issued final rules for net metering in the state, which extends current solar customers’ net metering regime through 2025 or 2029, depending on when they went solar. The new program includes time-of-use rates and rebates for smart thermostats.

Michigan Community Solar Alliance forms as state considers enabling legislation
Lansing, Michigan

Michigan solar advocates have created a coalition to support community solar in the state as the legislature considers allowing these types of projects. The 13 organizations in the group range from builders to air quality groups.

Colorado PUC adopts SEIA request to simplify solar + storage interconnection
Denver, Colorado

The Colorado Public Utilities Commission adopted recommendations by SEIA and the Colorado Solar and Storage Association to simplify interconnection rules and eliminate confusion for customers. The clarification will make it easier for residential and C&I solar projects to qualify for fast-track processing.

SEIA creates Storage Advocacy Network to boost policy support for new technology
Washington, D.C. 

SEIA announced the launch of a dedicated Storage Advocacy Network, a new, formal branch of SEIA that will serve as a national and state advocacy voice for energy storage. The nonprofit said it will soon announce more plans to integrate storage into its research and educational offerings as well.