Carson City, NV – Today, the Senate Growth and Infrastructure Committee passed Assembly Bill 465unanimously. The bill would create a program expanding access to solar energy for more Nevada families and small businesses. Rooftop solar has generally been limited to those who own their property, or have the income or credit to get panels. A portion of the new program created under AB 465 will be set aside for low income customers, delivering a lower energy rate powered by clean energy. The program will also create workforce development and job training opportunities so every community has access to the economic benefits of the fast-growing solar industry.
AB 465 is sponsored by the Assembly Growth and Infrastructure Committee, chaired by Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno. The measure passed the Assembly Committee with strong bipartisan support. The bill now moves to the Senate floor for a vote.
“Communities of color have suffered most from the health and environmental impacts of fossil fuel pollution,” said Reverend Leonard Jackson of the Faith Organizing Alliance. “They often are left out from accessing cleaner energy sources like solar. This bill is a first step toward addressing those disparities by setting aside 25% of the program’s energy to reduce bills for low-income families, and expanding workforce development and job training opportunities. We thank Chair Cancela and the committee members for advancing AB465 and hope it is quickly passed into law.”
“Not being able to afford rooftop solar panels, being a renter or having a low credit score shouldn’t keep Nevadans out of the clean energy boom,” said Rudy Zamora, Program Director for Chispa Nevada, an organizing program of the League of Conservation Voters. “AB465 presents a small but important opportunity to ensure this expanded solar access program will guarantee lower rates to some low-income Nevadans. We are also excited by the prospect of a workforce training opportunities, so we can put more Nevadans to work in the solar industry. We thank the Committee for supporting this bill and look forward to continuing to work with legislators to make the benefits of Nevada’s plentiful clean energy resources available to all.”
“I am happy to see expanding solar access moving forward in the Nevada Legislature,” said Annette Magnus, Executive Director of Battle Born Progress. “With the Senate Committee on Growth and Infrastructure passing Assembly Bill 465, Nevada is on the right track to ensuring that the benefits of clean energy are available for all Nevadans. In a state as sunny as Nevada, not just those who can afford to put solar panels on their roofs should have access to the ample clean energy production our state is capable of. AB465 will also help bring additional, well-paying, jobs that are part of the clean energy economy to communities who until now have not been able to take advantage of them.”
“AB465 is a good first step to begin expanding access to the benefits of Nevada’s clean energy economy,” said Andy Maggi, Executive Director of the Nevada Conservation League. “For some Nevadans who have been unable to afford rooftop solar systems or who do not have the right roof for such panels, and for those who lack the needed training to enter the solar energy workforce, AB465 creates new opportunities and puts Nevada on path to start to make clean energy for all a reality. We are glad to see this bill move forward, and we thank the members of the Senate Growth and Infrastructure Committee as well as Assemblywoman Monroe-Moreno for supporting this bill.”