The U.S. Senate's Committee on Energy and Natural Resources has approved S.1108, the 10 Million Solar Roofs Act, according to an email alert released by the committee.
First introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in February 2010, the bill calls for rebates that, along with other incentives, would cover up to half the cost of the 10 million solar power systems and 200,000 water heating systems. Nonprofit groups and state and local governments also would be eligible.
The Senate Energy Committee approved an earlier version of the bill in July 2010, but it failed to advance further in Congress.
This week's approval included one revision to the existing legislation: References to ‘Section 2 641(p)(3) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17231(p)(3))’ were replaced with ‘Section 399A(i)(1) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6371h-1(i)(1)).’
The bill is now eligible for consideration by the full Senate.