Schweyer bill to create community solar program passes House

HARRISBURG, March 26 – Legislation introduced by state Rep. Peter Schweyer that would create a community solar program passed the full House with bipartisan support today.

“This bill is a win-win-win for Pennsylvanians as it would open access to renewable energy, ease the amount of energy output on the grid, help protect the environment and bring in thousands of good paying jobs to the commonwealth,” said Schweyer, D-Lehigh. “This would benefit the thousands of people, who like me, live in homes that do not have the space to support solar panels on their property.”

Under the bill,  customers would be allowed to subscribe to a portion of a community solar facility with guaranteed savings; allow for the creation, financing, accessibility and operation of community solar generating facilities; encourage development of community solar programs which enable robust participation; and encourage participation in programs which will benefit low to moderate income customers and their communities.

“In addition to my colleagues in the chamber who voted to pass this bill, I also want to acknowledge Speaker McClinton for recognizing the importance this bill plays not just for Pennsylvanians, but for Pennsylvania’s future as well. Also, I want to thank state Rep. Aaron Kaufer, R-Luzerne, who worked tirelessly to ensure this bipartisan bill makes it to the finish line,” added Schweyer.

House Bill 1842 now heads to the Senate for consideration.