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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Shared Solar Bill Vote Coming

Supporters of a bill that would help pave the way for "shared" or community solar energy systems in Connecticut say the legislation is coming up for a key vote.

Backers of House Bill 5412 say the General Assembly's Energy and Technology Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to advance the legislation. Mike Trahan, executive director of Solar Connecticut, a renewable energy industry group, said if the bill is voted out of committee, it would then be taken up by the full state House of Representatives.

But if the Energy and Technology Committee fails to advance the bill by March 27, it will likely die in committee and will not be taken up until the 2015 legislative session.

Backers of the bill are circulating an online petition in an effort to convince lawmakers to move it forward.

Community solar would allow a group to set up photovoltaic solar panels at a remote location and distribute the electricity that is generated to members who sign up for the service.

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