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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 14, 2019 11:05 AM
From: Senator Mario M. Scavello
To: All Senate members
Subject: Community Solar Legislation
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation to allow for community solar projects in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Community solar allows neighbors, businesses, farms, and other community members to directly participate in and receive the benefits from a solar project connected to their local electric distribution company’s grid. Participants can subscribe to a portion of an offsite solar project and receive credit on their electricity bill for the power produced, just as if the panels were on their roof. This program extends to all Pennsylvania residents and businesses the ability to acquire solar energy from a specific community solar project. It also gives citizens and businesses the choice to participate. There is no mandate for participation or request for state funding.

Under current law, individuals who are renters, live in an apartment building, or lack roof access, are unable to participate in Pennsylvania’s growing solar economy. This legislation removes an existing policy barrier that allows individuals to participate in a community solar project if they choose to do so.

Community solar projects can be developed by private owners, municipalities and institutions, stimulating the development of true community partnerships.
Community solar has been allowed in 18 other states and the District of Columbia since 2010.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation. If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please contact Christine Zubeck in my office at 717-787-6123 or czubeck@pasen.gov. Thank you for your consideration.

Introduced as SB705