July solar policy snapshots
Illinois Rule Changes Will Simplify Interconnection Between Solar and Storage
The Illinois Commerce Commission recently revised the state’s rules regarding how solar and other DERs connect to the distribution grid. The changes will reduce the time and cost to interconnect and make it easier to use energy storage to balance intermittent sources.
New Jersey grants help 46 communities make clean energy plans
Trenton, New Jersey
The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities approved 46 municipalities grants to develop community energy plans to help the state reach its goal of 100% clean energy by 2050. The program encourages communities to prioritize renewable energy and equal access.
Solar Executives Lobby Congress For ITC Expansion, Domestic Manufacturing Credits
SEIA board members took a lobbying trip to Congress to ask leaders to push critical clean energy policies into budget alignment legislation. Executives focused on the need for a long-term extension of the ITC and on domestic credit for solar production.
Proponents say solar industry will take a hit from Supreme Court EPA decision
On June 30, the Supreme Court issued a decision in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that will limit the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Solar proponents said this will delay implementation, but underlined the importance of prioritizing state-level advocacy for sustainable progress.
FERC proposes deadlines for utility interconnection, penalties for non-compliance
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is clearing interconnection backlogs designed to eliminate interconnection backlogs and accelerate clean energy adoption, including utility deadlines and penalties for non-compliance. SEIA said the proposed rules are closely aligned with recommendations submitted by the group and its partners in February.
Governor Signs Rhode Island 100% Renewable Energy Bill
Providence, Rhode Island
Governor Daniel McKee signed the most ambitious renewable energy transition law in the country, setting a goal for Rhode Island to reach 100% renewable energy by 2033. The transition time is designed to allow for the necessary capacity expansion.
Solar grid metering on track to finish in Indiana
After a 2017 bill paved the way for the change, new Indiana solar customers will not receive 1:1 net meter credits for their solar installations as of July 2022. The state’s investor-owned utilities will instead use an “Excess Distributed Generation” policy that calls for crediting new solar customers at a lower rate for the additional electricity they generate.
California Energy Commission to Give Grants to Cities, Counties Using SolarAPP+
The California Energy Commission is taking a big step to encourage cities and counties to adopt the Dept.’s SolarAPP+ automated solar permitting software. or Energy to use. To help with transitional administrative costs, the CEC offers maximum grants of $40,000 to $100,000.
New California interconnection ruling should connect solar to grid faster
The California Public Utilities Commission recently made a decision that will simplify interconnection for distributed resources such as solar and storage. The state will increase transparency and allow developers to identify preferred locations for projects by sharing hosting capacity data.
NC Supreme Court rules HOA homeowners can’t refuse to install solar power
Raleigh, North Carolina
The North Carolina Supreme Court has issued an injunction in a case between a homeowner and a homeowners association (HOA) upholding state law protecting the right to install solar on the roof. The court ruled that HOA provisions that grant broad discretion to architectural review committees cannot be used to ban solar panels.
Vermont Utilities Commission slightly adjusts solar metering rates
The Vermont Public Utility Commission has released its biannual net meter update that will increase compensation for most existing net meter systems, but slightly decrease compensation for applications on or after September 1. The committee said the changes set the pace of new development of net meters.