LAS VEGAS/CARSON CITY, NV – Today, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada hosted a workshop attended by stakeholders and advocates to gather input on the implementation of an expanded solar access program. The program, created by Assembly Bill 465 during the 2019 legislative session, aims to offer a lower-cost clean energy for low-income communities. Advocates made their priorities for the program clear in a letter submitted prior to the meeting, as well as in public comment during today’s workshop.
Reverend Leonard Jackson, Executive Director of the Faith Organizing Alliance, said,
“This is the first time we have participated in a Public Utilities Commission workshop, and the issue at hand could not be more important. For too long, communities of color and low-income households have been excluded from the clean energy economy, unable to obtain rooftop solar and struggling to get the skills and connections to work in this fast growing and well paying industry. We want to see a robust workforce development program and siting of new solar projects in these communities in order to empower them economically, and establish an equitable clean energy economy that works for all. Today’s workshop was the first step along that path, and we look forward to working with the Commission, NV Energy, and others to make it a reality.”
Elspeth DiMarzio, with the Sierra Club, said,
“After overwhelming support from the Nevada Legislature and Governor Sisolak, we are looking forward to working with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission, NV Energy and community stakeholders on implementation of Assembly Bill 465. Renters, low-income families and communities of color have been locked out of the benefits of clean energy for far too long, and swift implementation of low income solar access will allow for equitable access to clean energy. This rulemaking can set the precedent for urban clean energy projects in the communities that have historically lacked access to renewable energy.”