FEMA proposes change to building code that could increase cost of ground-mounted solar
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has proposed raising the risk category for ground-mounted solar from low-hazard risk category I to category IV, which could increase the material makeup of solar racking and modules and raise costs substantially. SEIA and over 300 clean energy companies are pushing for a compromise to classify ground-mounted solar as risk category II.
Treasury seeks public input on clean energy provisions in the IRA
The U.S. Dept. of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service in early October began seeking public input on the numerous climate and clean energy incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act. The department also started convening stakeholder roundtables to hear from a “wide range of voices.”
DOE calls for increased cybersecurity measures in preparation for rapid distributed energy growth
The U.S. Dept. of Energy recently released a long-term evaluation and strategic look forward at cybersecurity considerations associated with distributed energy resources like solar power. The authors recommend minimum security requirements and governance to protect these resources from hackers, especially as the industry grows over the next decade.
DOE invests in research to minimize wildlife impacts on large solar sites
The U.S. Dept. of Energy announced $14 million in funding for researchers to study the ways solar infrastructure interacts with local wildlife and ecosystems. The department hopes this research will help the industry develop best practices around responsible solar site development.
California Energy Commission to require more utility transparency into customer electricity rates
The California Energy Commission adopted updates to the state’s standards that will give consumers more timely and accurate information on electricity costs to help them better manage energy use. By April 2023, the state’s large IOUs will be required to publish an hourly rate database.
Georgia Power Company proposes new $200 rooftop solar interconnection fee
Georgia Power Company has proposed a rate hike for all customers and a new $200 interconnection fee for rooftop solar customers. SEIA is asking the Georgia Public Service Commission to reject these changes and provide more oversight of rate structures.