Carson City, NV – Today, the Nevada Assembly passed Assembly Bill 465, which would require state utilities to create a program expanding access to clean energy for more Nevada families and small businesses. Rooftop solar is generally limited to those who own their property or who have the income or credit to get panels, but this new solar program will be open to every residential and small business customer. It will also create new job training opportunities for this fast-growing industry. AB 465 is sponsored by the Assembly Growth and Infrastructure Committee, chaired by Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno. Having passed by a margin of 39-2 with bipartisan support, the bill now moves to the Nevada Senate.

Reverend Leonard Jackson of Faith Organizing Alliance, stated:
“Communities of color have suffered most from the health and environmental impacts of fossil fuel pollution. They often are left out from accessing cleaner energy sources like solar. This bill is a first step toward addressing those disparities by expanding solar access for low income families. We thank all of the members of the Assembly who voted for AB465 and are creating a brighter future for the next generation.”

Rudy Zamora, Program Director for Chispa Nevada, stated:
“We welcome the Assembly’s bipartisan passage of Assembly Bill 465. This utility-based model opens a window to improve access to solar energy and expand the solar workforce in Nevada. While AB465 doesn’t allow for the community-owned solar installations that would provide clean energy access and its benefits directly to these communities, this bill does reduce rates for low-income customers and create an employment pipeline for Nevadans to join the solar industry. We thank Assemblywoman Monroe-Moreno for leading this effort. There’s more work to do to bring the benefits of solar energy to all Nevadans, and we look forward to continuing to work with her and the Nevada Senate to pass the right policy.”

Annette Magnus, Battle Born Progress Executive Director, stated:
“I am happy to see the Nevada Assembly pass Assembly Bill 465 with bipartisan support! In a state as sunny as Nevada, this bill is on the right track to ensuring that the benefits of clean energy are available for all Nevadans, not just those who can afford to put solar panels on their roofs. AB465 will also help bring additional well-paying clean energy jobs that are part of the clean energy economy to communities who until now have not been able to take advantage of them. We thank Assemblywoman Danielle Monroe-Moreno for her work on this bill.”

Andy Maggi, Executive Director of the Nevada Conservation League, stated:
“We thank the Assembly for passing Assembly Bill 465. The Nevada Conservation League and the Nevada Legislature share a common goal of expanding access to clean, affordable and efficient energy to all Nevadans. AB465 starts making progress toward this goal by increasing solar development in communities traditionally left out of the clean energy economy and by creating a program that will offer lower energy prices to Nevada families that need the relief most. Additionally, AB465 strengthens the clean energy industry by developing training programs for Nevadans in low-income and communities of color to enter the solar workforce, putting more Nevadans to work in one of the fastest growing professions.

This is an important first step in bridging the gap between Nevada’s booming clean energy economy and our most vulnerable populations. NCL is committed to increasing access, equity and opportunity to clean energy and the benefits of the clean energy economy, and we appreciate Assemblywoman Monroe-Moreno’s leadership. We’ll work with Nevada’s senators to achieve our common goals.”