Community Renewable Energy Law Gets Backing from Californian Officials

Published on: 30 April 2022 06:25 PM
by KnowESG
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The State Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy in California supports legislation that will help promote community renewable energy production and improve grid dependability.

AB 2316, the bill, would create a state programme to provide access to renewable energy, such as community solar power with battery storage. It contains energy storage requirements on community solar to improve power grid resilience and assist builders in meeting state code requirements for solar energy systems with storage for non-residential and multi-family dwellings that go into effect this year.

While community solar and renewable energy projects are designed to help underserved regions gain access to clean energy, the legislation in California is intended to aid with power outages and improve system dependability and resiliency. This is especially important during high energy consumption; it can also help prevent disruptions caused by natural disasters like wildfires.

Energy storage requirements for community solar are part of the California law, which aims to improve grid stability by providing energy during peak demand periods, reducing the need for blackouts. It also ensures that at least 51% of the energy generated by such projects is directed to low-income customers or service groups.

The bill would create a community renewable energy programme, requiring the state's Public Utilities Commission to ensure the creation and financing of viable community renewable energy facilities and financial incentives for facilities with low-income subscribers or organisations serving disadvantaged communities.

Community solar projects are small-scale solar installations on landfills, abandoned industrial areas, or private property. They help expand renewable energy distribution, which is part of the Biden Administration's objective of achieving 100 per cent clean electricity by 2035.

According to the Energy Information Administration, solar power installations will account for half of the new utility-scale electricity output in the United States. In comparison to 2021, battery storage is predicted to expand by 84 per cent.

According to PV Magazine, the California law also aims to improve community solar initiatives in investor-owned utility areas, which account for more than 75% of the state's electricity. Pacific Gas and Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison are against the bill.

Source: Environment + Energy Leader