On March 15, Environment California submitted a letter of support signed by 64 environmental, consumer and other community groups to Senator Josh Becker declaring support for Senate Bill 49. SB 49, authored by Senator Becker and sponsored by Environment California, would encourage solar canopies over parking lots and direct California to plan for solar power along its highway rights-of-way.
The organizations applauded Senator Becker’s leadership in addressing the climate crisis with a common sense clean energy solution: encouraging more solar power and battery storage that will power communities throughout the state.
Existing developed areas like parking lots and highways should be used to their fullest extent to capture large amounts of solar energy. These groups agree that it’s time to use the state’s plentiful parking lots and highway rights-of-way to produce more clean energy now and help California reach its 100% clean energy goals.
Senator Becker recently participated in a legislative briefing webinar, hosted by Environment America, to outline his plan for SB 49 and discuss the effort to deploy more solar in California. He noted many benefits of this bill including how solar canopies are an efficient use of land and how they get energy close to where it is needed. Solar canopies also create family-supporting jobs, and leasing state-controlled land along highways can both save the state money and generate additional revenue.
News item from Environment America
Green Ridge Solar says
This is fantastic news! There is so much unused area sitting idle across the US. Parking lots, parking garages, parks, reservoirs, canals, government buildings, these are all prime spots to install solar panels.
Why is solar being pushed in areas like this over carports, deserts, along highways but over homes it is being made less desirable because of new net metering rules. I installed a solar system with a battery on my house last year and in November they shut my ability to use my battery except when the power goes out until summer when they need the additional power during peak draw times.