Nevada came a step closer to restoring its rooftop solar industry Sunday, as the state Senate voted 21-0 to approve legislation that would change rules dating to 2015 that made homeowner investments in clean energy unaffordable.
The bill, Assembly Bill 405, would make rooftop solar investments affordable for homeowners once again. The home-solar industry virtually disappeared in Nevada after regulatory changes reduced credits and increased costs for these clean energy systems. Nevada lost more than 2,500 solar installation jobs virtually overnight.
The bill moves to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval for his signature.
“Today we moved forward with restoring the rooftop solar industry to Nevada,” said Louise Helton, owner of 1 Sun Solar, a rooftop solar installation company in Las Vegas. “This will encourage people to invest in their own homes, hire Nevada workers, and reduce the need for polluting fossil fuels. My thanks to the Nevada Legislature for their leadership on this issue.”
“Thank you to the solar champions in the Nevada Legislature that have worked so diligently to bring solar back to the Silver State,” said Jessica Scott, Interior West director of Vote Solar. “We now call upon Governor Sandoval to sign AB405, put solar companies back to work, and claim Nevada’s rightful place as our country’s preeminent leader in clean energy.”
“The leadership shown today by Nevada’s legislature shows they are committed to helping Nevadans access the clean energy they want and restoring this industry,” said Andy Maggi, executive director of the Nevada Conservation League. “We appreciate the leadership shown by the Nevada Senate and urge Governor Sandoval to sign this into law.”
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