An Act To Lower Energy Costs and Increase Access to Solar Energy for Agricultural Businesses
Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA §3209-A, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 262, §1, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
§ 3209-A. Net energy billing
Sec. 2. 35-A MRSA §10102, sub-§2-A is enacted to read:
Sec. 3. 35-A MRSA §10121-A is enacted to read:
§ 10121-A. Solar Energy Agricultural Rebate Fund
Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are routine technical rules as provided in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.
This section is repealed December 31, 2017.
This bill establishes the Solar Energy Agricultural Rebate Fund to be used by the Efficiency Maine Trust to provide rebates until December 31, 2017 for solar photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies to agricultural businesses. It provides that an agricultural business that is a customer of an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility must be compensated for accumulated unused kilowatt-hour credits every 12 months. It also authorizes customers of transmission and distribution utilities to elect to be billed using net energy billing.