By Jeff House, Envision Boad member and Economic Transformation Signals Team

An Ohio bill establishes a community solar pilot program that will consist of 1,500 MW of community solar, enough energy to power almost 300,000 homes. Subscribers will be eligible for a bill credit, usually equal to 10 to 20% savings, from their utility provider for the proportional amount of energy generated from the community solar facility. In addition, any community solar facility built on a brownfield will be eligible for grants to help cover costs associated with site preparation and construction. This comes at a time when the US solar industry has enjoyed its best-ever first quarter, installing more solar panels than in any previous quarter. Read about the proposed bill here.