(March 23) – The House gave voice-vote approval this morning to a bill by Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster, to expand siting options for community solar gardens.

Demand for solar gardens is high and growing, but is being constrained by rising land values and construction costs. HB15-1284, sponsored by Reps. Winter and Kit Roupe, R-Colorado Springs, would allow community solar gardens to cross county lines, with customers in one county able to plant solar gardens in a contiguous county.

“This bill means more communities will have access to solar gardens and solar garden companies will grow, which means more home-grown Colorado jobs and more energy independence for our state,” Rep. Winter said after the voice vote.

After a recorded vote, the bill will head to the Senate.

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