Solar advocates said the legislation gives consumers, small businesses and schools more affordable ways to get solar energy from their rooftops. It would help property owners avoid steep upfront costs for solar panels by allowing them to enter into agreements for solar companies or local utilities to finance, own and maintain rooftop systems. Under a scenario popular in other states, consumers could essentially lease the systems, tapping into the energy for a monthly fee.
Dudgeon pushed it as a vote for the free market. The House passed HB 57 in February.
The bill comes as solar companies have complained that uncertainty about what’s allowed under Georgia law has made it hard to sell homeowners, small businesses, churches and schools on solar financing.
More than two dozen other states allow solar companies to cover the cost of new solar systems, own the equipment and then sell the power back to the customers.