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Community solar legislation passes House

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Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, D-Albuquerque

SANTA FE — A proposal to promote the development of community solar projects — allowing homes to share solar-energy systems — won approval late Monday by the state House.

House Bill 210, sponsored by Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero of Albuquerque and two other Democrats, now heads to the Senate for consideration.

The House passed the bill 42-25 largely along lines.

The 21-page measure would establish a Community Solar Act and delegate rule-making authority to the Public Regulation Commission.

The proposal is one of the legislative priorities of Conservation Voters New Mexico, which has said the bill would allow “people to work together to employ clean energy in their own neighborhoods.”

Republicans late Monday raised a host of technical questions about the proposal and introduced a package of amendments, which failed.

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