Here's a really promising community solar bill in California.
I have had a chance to witness the wonderful efforts of Grid Alternatives' volunteers to solarize affordable homes in San Francisco. In the same city, the Valencia Gardens affordable housing complex hosts 700 kilowatts of solar arrays, with bill credits provided to the residents through Virtual Net Metering.
This amazing work has been supported through both the SASH (Single-Family Affordable Solar Housing) and MASH (Multi Family Affordable Solar Housing). Both those programs are going away, and if made into law AB1990 will replace them with a new program to make solar more equitable.
Sacramento, CA – Efforts to help communities of color access renewable energy and jobs made a significant step forward on Wednesday. AB 1990, "Solar for All," authored by Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), passed out of the Assembly with a vote of 49 – 27. The bill would create a pilot project throughout California to build small-scale renewable projects in low-income communities and communities of color. AB 1990 is sponsored by the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA), a statewide alliance of grassroots groups working on environmental issues that impact low-income communities and communities of color.
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