The bill amends the current statute authorizing the creation of community solar gardens (CSGs) by:
- Increasing the maximum size of a CSG from 2 megawatts to 5 megawatts;
- Removing the requirement that a CSG subscriber's identified physical location be in the same county as, or a county adjacent to, that of the CSG, while retaining the requirement that it be within the service territory of the same electric utility; and
- Requiring all photovoltaic electrical work on a CSG of greater than 2 megawatts to be supervised by a licensed master electrician, licensed journeyman electrician, or licensed residential wireman, and comply with all applicable electrical codes and standards. If a qualifying retail utility owns all or part of a community solar garden, the utility is required to use its own employees to operate and maintain the modules and other electrical equipment that the utility owns.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)