In California Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) final law-signing days he signed into law a bill that will move the state to 100 percent clean energy and other laws to help with the transition. That includes SB 700, which will support the installation of 3 gigawatts of energy storage and $800 million in incentives by 2026.
“If we are going to get to 100 percent clean energy, we need to be using solar power every hour of the day, not just when the sun is shining,” said Senator Scott Wiener (D), author of SB 700. “This bill will protect clean energy jobs while also protecting consumers from ever rising energy bills.” The bill was approved with a 25 to 12 vote in the state’s legislature and by a vote of 57 to 18 in the state’s Senate.
The law re-authorizes California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) extending it for five years through 2025. By adding add up to $800 in incentives for customer cited energy and other emerging clean energy technologies, the state will invest a total of $1.2 billion in energy storage systems at homes, farms, schools, businesses and nonprofits, according to clean energy advocate California Solar and Storage Association. The group likened the program to California’s Million Solar Roofs incentive program.
“By signing this bill, the governor is making the sun shine at night!” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar and Storage Association, the 500-member clean energy business group that championed SB 700 for the past two years. ”Energy storage is critical to achieving our ambitious climate change goals by allowing massive deployment of solar energy and giving everyday consumers another reason to be green.”
The bill will help the state further its efforts to move to 100 percent clean energy, a goal the state set in September when Brown passed SB100 into law. That bill will move the state to clean energy by 2045. The use of energy storage will make it easier to increase the use of renewables while helping to reduce the need for new transmission lines and infrastructure, reducing the overall cost of the transition to clean energy.
"SB 700 provides clear and consistent policy that will drive down costs, expand access, and support job growth,” said Alex McDonough, Vice President of Public Policy for Sunrun, the nation's largest residential solar, storage and energy services company. “Solar combined with batteries is a clean, reliable and affordable solution that can and should be available to all.”Tweet