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California Lawmakers Support Community Renewable Energy Law

California’s state Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy is backing a law that will expand renewable energy production on the community level.

The bill AB2316 would pave way for a state program to expand access to solar energy by developing community solar capacities paired with battery storage.

Although the primary goal is to help disadvantaged areas get access to clean power, Environmental Leader reports that the legislation also aims to increase the reliability of the grid. 

This is especially critical in times of high energy use and could even prevent outages resulting from natural events, such as wildfires.  

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“The California law includes energy storage requirements on community solar to increase grid reliability by producing energy during high demand times that will help reduce the need of blackouts. It also dedicates at least 51% of the power generated by such projects to benefit low-income customers or service organizations.”

The community renewable energy program would create small-scale installations built on landfills, former industrial sites, or private land. 

These community solar projects help improve access to renewable energy and are part of the Biden Administration's goals to achieve 100% clean electricity by 2035.  

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