California State Sens. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and Jim Nielsen, R-Red Bluff, have introduced a bill that would create a “solar bill of rights” for consumers to generate and store their own clean energy on-site without interference from utility companies.
The bipartisan legislation, S.B.288, addresses some of the main barriers consumers currently face when installing and maintaining renewable energy technologies. According to the senators, these challenges include “outdated tariffs” and “unreasonable barriers” to connecting to the grid. (Although it is known as the Solar Bill of Rights, the bill is technology-neutral and applies to all renewable sources of energy and energy storage.)