Sunday, March 30, 2014

New Jersey legislation seeks to plug holes in solar roofs

Many commercial building owners are eager to install solar panels but fear that doing so would violate their roof warranties, according to two New Jersey state senators.

To alleviate that concern, Senate Environment and Energy Committee Chairman Bob Smith (D-Middlesex) and committee member Chip Bateman (R-Somerset) have introduced S-564,
a bill that tap $2 million in energy rate payment surcharges to create an alternative warranty program.

The legislation would cover up to $50,000 in damages suffered by a building owner as a result of adding a rooftop solar system. 

The bill was released from the committee on March 27 and is now in position for a floor vote,

Listen to Senator Smith explain his reason for sponsoring the solar roof warranty bill.

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Rooftop solar winning battles with utilities - Clean Energy Authority
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