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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