Maryland bill would certainly boost residential rooftop solar grants

Feb 16, 2023 04:43 PM ET
  • On Feb. 16, a coalition of rooftop solar advocates, workforce development groups, power equity champions and also renewable energy business launched a campaign to promote for regulations that would make solar power more easily accessible and also economical for all Marylanders.

Funded by Maryland Sen. Brian J. Feldman as well as Delegate Lily Qi, Senate Bill 664 (SB0664) as well as House Bill 1239 (HB1239), would certainly increase the state's property clean energy grant from $1,000 to $5,000 to incentivize rooftop solar installments for Maryland citizens, create local clean energy jobs and meet the state's climate goals.

As Maryland Governor Wes Moore makes every effort to fulfill several of one of the most enthusiastic clean energy requirements in the nation, the Maryland Rooftop Solar Coalition highlights the vital duty rooftop solar will play in meeting those goals. This bill would certainly fund rooftop solar grants with costs as well as charges paid by business that do not satisfy the state's clean energy requirements, lessening the cost to taxpayers and also making sure those fees are routed toward promoting renewable energy. It would certainly also improve clean energy incentives for low- and also moderate-income citizens, along with those staying in loaded down and also underserved communities.

Incentivizing the fostering of household rooftop solar will be important to achieving Maryland's climate goals while preserving Maryland's restricted natural resources. The just recently passed Climate Solutions Currently Act of 2022 set a statewide goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 60% below 2006 levels by 2032 and achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. Offering equitable accessibility to solar energy will certainly also be a key aspect of broadening clean power use and also cutting emissions, which will require outreach and also aid for reduced- as well as moderate-income households that have actually been overmuch strained by legacy polluting nonrenewable fuel source infrastructure.

" Maryland has actually set some of the country's most enthusiastic goals for minimizing emissions and accomplishing climate equity. We can not satisfy our state's enthusiastic goals unless we make it easier for Maryland residents to delight in the economic as well as environmental benefits of clean power," stated Maryland State Sen. Brian Feldman, sponsor of SB0664. "With this bill we have a chance to reboot Maryland's rooftop solar sector as well as create countless jobs in the process, while providing rewards that make solar power a lot more available to lower-income families."

" Expanding household solar is a chance for Maryland to attend to the climate crisis while creating jobs and boosting our state's economic competition," stated Maryland Delegate Lily Qi, sponsor of HB1239. "This bill moves us towards Maryland's ambitious climate goals in a manner that is inclusive of households of all income degrees and makes clean power easily accessible to the communities that have disproportionately been impacted by climbing power costs."

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