Senate vote enacts law to expand solar access

Today the Senate voted (32-13) to override Governor Hogan’s veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. This means the bill becomes law, as earlier this week the House also voted to override the veto.

The Clean Energy Jobs Act will increase the requirement standard for renewables from 20% to 25% by 2020 and expand the requirement for locally produced solar energy as well. This is a great step forward in Maryland’s transition to a renewable energy economy. The Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) has played an important role in growing solar across the state. It encourages solar adoption and to date has created more than 4,200 jobs.