California just signed two new bills to protect solar rooftop owners

AB 1208 extends protections for rooftop solar from utility taxes, and AB 178 exempts wildfire victims from solar rules

California has the largest solar market in the U.S. and solar supplies nearly 19 percent of the state’s electricity today.

While solar must play a bigger role if the state is to reach its very ambitious climate and energy goals, natural disasters, and additional taxes have hampered solar's strong and continued growth in the state.

Thousands of homes in California have been damaged or destroyed in recent years because of wildfires and some cities or counties have taxed utility services, such as solar electricity, as one potential source of local revenues.

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