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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 6, 2022 04:31 PM
From: Senator Gene Yaw
To: All Senate members
Subject: Bonding of Solar Installations
 
In the near future, I will be reintroducing legislation (SB 284 from last session) to establish decommissioning and bonding requirements for project developers who seek to install or operate commercial solar electric generation facilities in Pennsylvania.
 
This is not a new concept as coal, natural gas, solid waste and a host of other industries are required to post financial guarantees for their activities. This requirement would not apply to homes and businesses which host solar facilities that generate electricity for their own use. 
 
While solar may use renewable energy to generate electricity, the components utilized to do so are not. Often, they include rare earth metals and other hazardous materials which pose environmental or public health hazard if not handled appropriately. Solar facilities have a finite life span, and many across the United States are coming to the end of their useful life. Establishing reasonable decommissioning and bonding amounts will help to address challenges as to how to properly decommission a site or handle associated waste.



Introduced as SB211