HB15-1284 - Expand Scope Shared Photovoltaic Facilities

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning Measures To Enhance Program Efficiency For Shared Photovoltaic Energy Generation Facilities.

Under Colorado's renewable energy standard, qualifying retail utilities are required to obtain a portion of their energy from renewable sources, including customer-sited facilities such as rooftop solar panels. Recent legislation allowed customers who wished to install such facilities, but whose property was not well suited to that purpose, to buy into a centrally located facility with other customers (subscribers). This arrangement is known as a community solar garden or CSG.

The existing CSG statute requires a subscriber to live in the same county as the CSG unless the subscriber lives in a county with a population of less than 20,000, in which case the CSG may be in an adjacent county that also has a population of less than 20,000. The bill deletes these population requirements. It also increases the minimum number of subscribers in a CSG from the current minimum of 10 to at least 25 for installations larger than 500 kilowatts. Provisions governing a utility's recovery of costs attributable to operation of a CSG are amended to more precisely define the types of costs for which recovery is allowed and the methods by which they may be recovered.

Latest update: May 8, 2015
05/08/2015 Governor Signed
05/01/2015 Sent to the Governor
05/01/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/01/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/27/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/24/2015 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
04/23/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/22/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/21/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/16/2015 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/25/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
03/24/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/23/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
03/18/2015 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
03/13/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy

3rd Reading Vote Summary - HB15-1284*

House Vote Summary - March 24, 2015
Senate Vote Summary - April 27, 2015
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