Miramant bill would strengthen Maine’s solar rebate program
AUGUSTA – Democratic Sen. Dave Miramant of Camden has submitted a bill for the upcoming legislative session to increase incentives for clean energy alternatives in Maine.
“With the federal tax credit for alternative energy sources set to expire at the end of the 2016, we need to maximize incentives available for clean energy in Maine,” said Sen. Miramant. “This is not only about moving away from hazardous emissions; It’s also about allowing Mainers to generate their own power and lower their energy costs.”
Maine spends $5 billion per year importing fossil fuels and is the most petroleum-dependent state for home heating, with more than 70 percent of households using it as their primary heating source. According to a 2010 report, rooftop solar panels alone could provide 24 percent of Maine’s electricity.
The bill submitted by Sen. Miramant – LR 2499, “An Act To Provide Incentives to Homeowners To Increase the Use of Clean Energy” – would strengthen Maine’s residential solar panel rebate program.
All legislation will be presented to the Legislative Council for its approval on Thursday, October 22. If approved by the Council, the Legislature will take up the bills when they reconvene for the second session in January, 2016.