Seeking to expand use of solar power, state lawmakers are pushing a bill requiring utilities by 2026 to deliver more electricity that’s generated from the sun. The legislation would boost the amount of available solar power statewide to 5,000 megawatts, or about 3 percent of total electricity.
Solar now accounts for 54 megawatts, or 0.1 percent. Supporters of the bill estimated it would generate $20 billion in economic activity and more than 22,000 jobs, excluding manufacturing positions. Opponents said the measure permits utilities to raise the average homeowner’s bill by 39 cents per month to cover the cost of solar power generation.