MACo Resists Costly Solar Mandate

MACo Policy Associate Drew Jabin today testified before the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee in opposition to SB 330 State-Funded Construction and Major Renovation Projects – Solar Panels – Requirement. This bill would place a costly mandate on county governments to carry out new state policy to place the maximum number of solar panels on a roof as specified during new construction or major renovation projects.

From the MACo Testimony:

This bill, as written, represents a significant unfunded mandate for county governments, and may force inefficient or poorly-suited facility expansions. Counties agree that studying renewable energy sources is important in understanding what is the most efficient and reasonable option for each site, but this legislation goes too far in mandating one standard to all projects.

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