Three renewable energy laws signed in California

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed three news laws to provide ongoing rebates and streamlined permitting for renewable energy projects in California.

Assembly Bill 1150 will provide $83 million a year for a state program that provides rebates for commercial-scale wind and fuel cell projects. The funding comes from distribution fees on ratepayers’ bills, according to the California Public Utilities Commission. The bill was created as a means to help the state meet its goal of producing a third of its power from renewables by 2020.

Senate Bill 585 provides another $200 million in funding for the California Solar Initiative, specifically for rebates for non-residential projects.

Senate Bill 16 requires set time frames for environmental permitting for renewable energy projects.

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