HARRISBURG – Rep. Lori Mizgorski’s (R-Allegheny) legislation aimed to increase and encourage solar energy development in Pennsylvania has passed the full House. House Bill 1161
would expand access to solar power through a local and voluntary solar program while ensuring adequate ratepayer protection.
The proposed program, PA Local Solar, would allow electric utilities in Pennsylvania to establish subscriber programs by which electric customers can choose to purchase 100% local solar energy, rather than the traditional grid mix. PA Local Solar provides citizens and businesses with the choice to participate in an off-site solar program, but does not mandate participation, nor require any state funding.
“I am thrilled this bill passed the House,” said Mizgorski. “I have been working on this legislation since last session with the goal of increasing the availability of locally produced solar energy.”
This program is designed to ensure those who want to use this form of renewable energy can do so regardless of finances or location.
“My bill eliminates barriers and provides customers with the opportunity to purchase solar energy from local solar projects,” Mizgorski continued. “This would not only increase access to renewable solar energy, but also would help our economy by creating jobs in Pennsylvania.”
The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Representative Lori Mizgorski
30th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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