The Nevada Legislature today forwarded a proposal to allow community “solar gardens” to add to the state’s power generating mix by providing low-cost, clean renewable energy to multiple subscribers.

Senate Bill 392, with primary sponsors Senators Mo Denis and Pat Spearman of Las Vegas, would change utility rules to allow neighborhoods to work cooperatively to put solar generating arrays on rooftops and parking lots of churches, commercial centers and community centers. Multiple subscribers, including home and business investors in low-income neighborhoods, can work together to invest in the community solar. The Assembly today passed the bill and the Senate is expected to forward the bill to Governor Brian Sandoval following a concurring vote.

“For far too long, far too many Nevadans have been left out of the clean energy economy,” said Rev. Leonard Jackson, director of the Faith Organizing Alliance. “With the passage of SB 392, renters or customers with roofs that are unsuitable for solar panels can now join together to share in the benefits of a community solar garden. This critical measure expands access to residents, businesses, nonprofits and churches, and our organization intends to harness this new law to provide good jobs and green energy for our neighbors and congregants through the creation of a community solar array.”

“Today is a historic day for energy justice in Nevada,” said Jessica Scott, Interior West director of Vote Solar. “SB392 expands solar access to renters, low income customers, churches, businesses, and community groups that have historically been shut out of the clean energy economy. We urge Governor Sandoval to sign SB392 and put Nevada in the company of 15 other states and the District of Columbia already offering their energy customers access to the benefits of community solar projects.”

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