California Governor Signs Renewable Energy Bills

September 30, 2011

California Governor, Edmund Brown, Jr., signed three renewable energy bills into law that will fund and facilitate the development of renewable energy projects.

The first bill, SB-585, authorizes an additional $200 million for the California Solar Initiative to help fund solar projects in the Fowler Unified School District. Projects include installing solar panels on parking structures and playground equipment at Marshall Elementary School.

Another bill, SB-16, will expedite the permitting process the California Department of Fish and Wildlife performs on renewable energy projects. In addition to setting a deadline for the process to be completed by, developers will also have the option to pay a fee to expedite the review.

A third renewable energy bill, AB-1150, extends the amount of time the California Public Utilities Commission can collect funds in support of the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) from December 2011 to 2014. Without the extension, the program would have ceased operation. Each year the SGIP provides about $83 million in rebates to renewable energy installers. So far, the SGIP has provided rebates for many different installations, providing 348 MW of renewable energy.

Brown said the new bills will "help create jobs, lower electric bills, and clean up the air we breathe." To learn more about the bills and their impact, read the Governor's Sept. 22 press release.