Why Reno Solar Power Will Lead the Renewable Energy Revolution
Last Updated: May 7,2021
The renewable energy revolution has begun, and Reno will spearhead it and serve as its champion, king, ambassador and perhaps more. Nevada has huge potential.
HBO Documentary and Nevada
In December of 2017, HBO released their documentary, “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution.” This film addresses the challenges of clean energy and progress made toward solar grid parity. A phenomenon the solar industry wants because it would mean more homes are solar than non-solar.
The film first covers the Nevada PUC’s decision in 2015 to end net metering, causing Nevada’s growing solar industry to collapse overnight. It then comes back to Nevada to find the smoldering solar flame stoked and ready for action.
Several bills passed the Nevada Senate in 2017 and received Governor approval.
Four Energy Bills that Governor Sandoval Passed
With the passage of four bills, we have seen new securities for solar for Nevada that weren’t in place beforehand.
Nevada Senate Bill 65
The BC 65 requires utilities to give the PUCN an overview of their resource plan at least four months before filing. The PUCN is now required to consider the sources that reduce energy cost and demand. These new regulations should help prevent history from repeating itself.
Nevada Senate Bill 150
The SB 150 requires the PUCN to establish annual energy-saving targets. These targets require Nevada’s PUC to promote solar energy if they are to uphold this responsibility intelligently.
Nevada Assembly Bill 223
The AB 223 directs five percent of efficiency program spending to low-income programs. This bill offers those struggling a little bit of leg up on reduced energy bill costs.
Nevada Senate Bill 204
The SB 204 reinstates net metering at a starting rate of 95 percent of the retail rate. It then went down by seven percent every 80 MW until it reached 75 percent in 2020.
This bill also provides protections to solar customers that they didn’t have before. Utilities can no longer extend separate fees to solar customers. Customers that take advantage of solar in any of these rate tiers also have 20 years of the same net excess energy rate.
Predictions for Reno Nevada in the Clean Energy Revolution
Before the 2015 fiasco, Nevada was a solar powerhouse with massive potential. Although renewable energy was climbing, natural gas still took the lead by a long shot.
With these new bills in place, solar customers can move forward with confidence. The SB 204 alone has brought peace of mind to Reno residents.
Governor Sandoval’s Stance on AB 206
The AB 206 proposes the Nevada Renewable Portfolio Standard increase from 25 to 40 percent. Dylan Sullivan, a senior scientist for Natural Resources Defense Council’s energy program, is a big proponent of this bill.
As such, he has stated that this bill would drive capital investment in Nevada. He believes that it would create jobs and reduce Nevada’s dependence on natural gas and fossil fuel.
Although Sandoval vetoed the AB 206, he did task his Committee on Energy Choice to look at it further. The committee then proposed recommendations for the 2019 session.
What to Look Forward to in Reno’s Solar Future
The future for solar holds some exciting possibilities. Renewable energy advocates continue to work on getting bills not passed another chance.
As a Nevada resident, solar is now an option that you can trust. The question isn’t if you should get solar, but who to get it from.
We recommend comparing multiple bids so you can get the best bargain. If you fill out our quick survey, Go Solar Group will set up an in-person appointment with you.