National News: Reps. Bilbray and Cohen Break Down Barriers to Solar Energy
Today, Congressmen Brian Bilbray (R-CA) and Steve Cohen (D-TN) introduced H.R. 3664, the Solar Energy Regulatory Relief Act of 2011. This bipartisan legislation will promote standardization for local permitting requirements for solar energy and lower the installation costs for solar energy systems. “In Memphis and cities across the nation, families and small businesses are trying to install solar panels on their homes and businesses,” said Congressman Cohen. “However, these individuals’ good faith efforts to reduce their energy costs and carbon footprints are being hindered by burdensome, local regulations and red tape. This targeted, fiscally responsible legislation will incentivize municipalities to eliminate these regulatory hurdles so that more solar systems can be installed across the nation. By easing the transition to solar energy, this legislation would save consumers money on their electricity bills, spur billions of dollars of new investment, and create thousands of jobs.”
The Solar Energy Regulatory Relief Act is the House companion bill to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Senator John Boozman’ (R-AR) 10 Million Solar Roofs Act, which was passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today.