Supporters of solar thermal collectors and the SunQuest 250 have received a real boost this week as California’s state Senate approved a bill aimed at restructuring electric rates and ensuring those in the state that have embraced renewable energy continue to be paid for the excess power that they feed into the grid.
Amendments to the California Utilities bill, AB 327, approved by the Senate on September 9th, are set to create a stable economic environment for the solar industry as a whole and have been welcomed by everyone involved with solar energy.
“This bill, with the amendments, at its core, removes numerous artificial regulatory barriers to solar adoption,” said Bryan Miller, president of The Alliance for Solar Choice to Clean Energy Authority.
The passed bill resolves a long-standing feud between utility companies and the solar industry over the management of net metering. Utilities are of the belief that solar thermal collector panel customers that are credited with the full rate of electricity that they put back into the grid does not fully compensate the companies that provide them with the infrastructure and is too costly to keep up. Conversely, solar leaders argue that net metering does not reflect the true value of solar energy and the infrastructure investments that this renewable energy source saves the utility companies.
Clean Energy Authority says that the amendments accomplish four solar industry goals:
1. Lifting the suspension of net metering in California that will happen as part of the current law at the end of 2014.
2. Removing uncertainty about how the current 5 percent net metering cap is calculated.
3. Providing a framework to allow net metering even after utilities reach 5 percent of their peak load.
4. Removing the 33 percent limit on renewable energy generation inherent in the language of the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard.
SunQuest 250 customers to benefit
What the new bill does is supports the growth of solar energy in the state of California, and Solar America Solutions customers are the people that will benefit most. The SunQuest 250 solar thermal collector panel is most advanced and efficient product of its kind and is fully scalable to be suited to both domestic and commercial applications.
With the amended AB 327 bill in place, customers can now reap the benefits of SunQuest 250 more than ever before, and the fact that Solar America Solutions’ manufactured evacuated tube collectors are proven to produce 30,000 BTUs (British Thermal Units) per hour, means that owners can get a level of efficiency that is greater than any other type of solar collector currently on the market. This means more energy, greater savings on bills, and extra money in your pocket.
The bill will become law following a signature from Governor Jerry Brown and more states could follow the lead of California in paving the way for the long-term success of solar energy.
The future in the Golden State is looking bright and, with our solar thermal collectors, brightness equals energy – lots of it!