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Can Connecticut Keep up with Community Solar?

Updated April 17, 2024

 

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Connecticut legislators are actively pursuing solar energy measures to propel the state towards its clean energy targets. By 2040, Connecticut aims to source all its power from carbon-free energy to combat climate change.

 

What is the H.B No. 5232 Bill?

The H.B No. 5232 bill focuses on accelerating ongoing solar projects and advocating for community solar initiatives, enabling customers to participate in larger, off-site solar systems through purchasing or leasing arrangements. Advocates argue that this approach can bolster the electrical grid's capacity and mitigate peak power surges.

A screenshot of the proposed H.B No. 5232 from the Connecticut General Assembly

PDF from the Connecticut General Assembly outlining the H.B No. 5232 bill

 

Another aspect of the legislation involves directing the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to explore optimizing approved solar projects. The measure, which received committee approval, is awaiting consideration by the House later this week.

State Senator Ryan Fazio ( who is not listed as a co-sponsor for the H.B. No. 5232 bill ) who voted against advancing the bill, expressed concerns about potential consumer rate increases and emphasized the need for further discussion in the Senate.

As of 2022, solar power accounted for approximately 3% of Connecticut's electricity generation, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). This legislative push underscores Connecticut's commitment to enhancing solar adoption and transitioning towards sustainable energy sources. Where do you stand, solar enthusiast?

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Geraldine Dimalaluan applies her analytical prowess to unravel the intricacies of solar trends. As a seasoned data analyst, she brings a data-driven perspective to the quest for a more sustainable future.