Community Solar Gardens; created. (HB672)

Introduced By

Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Distributed electric generation; community solar gardens.  Authorizes the establishment of community solar gardens, which are required to be owned by a subscriber organization that has at least 10 subscribers. Subscribers will receive credits on their utility bills from energy generated at the solar facility in proportion to the size of their subscription. The output and renewable energy credits from a solar garden shall be purchased by the utility in the form of net metering credits allocated to the subscribers. To the extent that a subscriber's net metering credit exceeds the subscriber's electric bill in any billing period, the credit will be applied against future bills. If the electricity output of the community solar garden is not fully subscribed, the utility is required to purchase the unsubscribed renewable energy at a rate equal to the utility's average hourly incremental cost of electricity supply over the immediately preceding calendar year. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12102746D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/17/2012Assigned C & L sub: Special Subcommittee on Energy
01/19/2012Impact statement from SCC (HB672)
01/26/2012Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (13-Y 0-N)
01/26/2012Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/14/2012Left in Commerce and Labor (0-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


ron skinner writes:

possible to use for community utility model of dispersed generation

Laura Dely writes:

Yes!! We need a bill like this to help us strengthen our communities, and reduce fossil fuel consumption.
Similar legislation enacted in Colorado in 2010 has led to a baker's dozen of community solar gardens blooming, with more coming soon.