March 31, 2022 Update:
MARYLAND ACTION ALERT: SUPPORT HB 818 THE COMMUNITY SOLAR BILL
HB 818 is a small bill with a massive positive impact for thousands of low and moderate income Marylanders who want to participate in community solar, but are unbanked and don’t have credit cards. The bill will allow all community solar charges to be put onto the electric utility bill, doing away with the need for customers to have credit cards or bank ach for payment.
The bill, sponsored by Del. Luke Clippinger of Baltimore, passed the House and its fate now rests in the Senate Finance Committee.
Please call or email the following key Senators. If we get them on board, the bill will pass the committee and then likely pass the whole Senate.
Take action now! The bill’s fate could be decided in a matter of days.
Talking Points (keep it real simple)
Delores Kelley (Chair)
410-841-3606 | 301-858-3606
Brian Feldman (Vice Chair)
410-841-3169 | 301-858-3169
410-841-3745 | 301-858-3745
410-841-3593 | 301-858-3593
410-841-3148 | 301-858-3148
410-841-3656 | 301-858-3656
410-841-3620 | 301-858-3620
410-841-3151 | 301-858-3151
Consider writing testimony for HB818, calling your legislators, or emailing the Committee. Ideally, before February 24th, HB818’s hearing is that day at 1pm.
Maryland’s Community Solar product is a climate game changer. Legislated in 2015, the law makes solar a reality for everyone. Since the 2015 Community Solar Act, the 5-year pilot launch has proven successful. Yet like all new products, there are things that need to be tweaked.
A HUGE fix for Community Solar’s low-income families, HB818 paves the way for Maryland’s Community Solar program to be billed on one utility bill.
Designed with an environmental justice vision, Maryland’s Community Solar program offers income-eligible families discounts up to 25% off the community solar rates on their electricity bill.
Yet today’s Community Solar billing doesn’t work for many low-income families, it’s invoiced on two separate bills (utility and solar developer).
We’ve learned a lot during the 5-year pilot program phase. Many low-income families can’t enroll in projects meant to serve them. WHY? One key reason is…
THE SOLUTION – HB818
Community Solar charges to be billed on ONE utility consolidated bill — say a BGE or Pepco bill — just as it’s done for other third-party energy programs.
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