HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Lawmakers at the State Capitol are introducing a bill, they say, will benefit the solar energy industry in Pennsylvania.

The bill, which has bipartisan support, enables what are called “Community Solar Projects” in Pennsylvania. If passed, residents or businesses can subscribe to a portion of an off-site solar project and receive credit on their electric bill for the power produced, just like if solar panels were on their roof.

Supports say people who may participate in these projects can include renters who are not allowed to install solar panels or people who live in shaded areas or have a roof that just isn’t compatible with having solar panels.

Eighteen other states allow these Community Solar Projects and supporters of House Bill 531 say it would be a huge benefit to Pennsylvania’s economy.

“Not only will this bill protect our environment, but it will also spur on the state’s growing solar industry, through a newly opened market, by providing individuals with the investment opportunity to benefit from an extra revenue stream, while reducing both their energy cost and carbon footprint,” Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R) said.

A similar bill was introduced last session, but it never made it out of committee.

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