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SB 1222 - An Act to Add and Repeal Chapter 7.5 (Commencing with Section 66015) of Division 1 of Title 7 of the Government Code, Relating to Solar Energy.

Solar energy: permits. 2011-2012 Legislature. View bill details
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Summary:
Existing law provides that it is the policy of the state to promote and encourage the use of solar energy systems, as defined, and to limit obstacles to their use. Existing law provides that the implementation of consistent statewide standards to achieve timely and cost-effective installation of solar energy systems is not a municipal affair, but is instead a matter of statewide concern. Existing… More
Existing law provides that it is the policy of the state to promote and encourage the use of solar energy systems, as defined, and to limit obstacles to their use. Existing law provides that the implementation of consistent statewide standards to achieve timely and cost-effective installation of solar energy systems is not a municipal affair, but is instead a matter of statewide concern. Existing law requires a city or county to administratively approve applications to install solar energy systems through the issuance of a building permit or similar nondiscretionary permit. Existing law requires fees charged by a local agency for specified purposes, including permits, to not exceed the estimated reasonable cost of providing the service for which the fee is charged, unless a question regarding the amount of the fee charged in excess of this cost is submitted to, and approved by, 23 of the electors.

This bill would require permit fees for rooftop solar energy systems, as specified, by a city, county, city or county, or charter city to not exceed the estimated reasonable cost of providing the service for which the fee is charged, which cannot exceed $500 plus $15 per kilowatt for each kilowatt above 15kW for residential rooftop solar energy systems, and $1,000 plus $7 per kilowatt for each kilowatt between 51kW and 250kW, plus $5 for every kilowatt above 250kW, for commercial rooftop solar energy systems, unless certain conditions are met.

By requiring local agencies to perform additional duties, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.

The provisions of the bill would remain in effect only until January 1, 2018. Hide
 
Status:
The bill has become law (chaptered). 
Senate Vote: On Passage

PASSED on August 29, 2012.

voted YES: 22 voted NO: 12
6 voted present/not voting

An Act to Add and Repeal Chapter 7.5 (Commencing with Section 66015) of Division 1 of Title 7 of the Government Code, Relating to Solar Energy.

SB 1222 — 2011-2012 Legislature

Summary
Existing law provides that it is the policy of the state to promote and encourage the use of solar energy systems, as defined, and to limit obstacles to their use. Existing law provides that the implementation of consistent statewide standards to achieve timely and cost-effective installation of solar energy systems is not a municipal affair, but is instead a matter of statewide concern. Existing law requires a city or county to administratively approve applications to install solar energy systems through the issuance of a building permit or similar nondiscretionary permit. Existing law requires fees charged by a local agency for specified purposes, including permits, to not exceed the estimated reasonable cost of providing the service for which the fee is charged, unless a question regarding the amount of the fee charged in excess of this cost is submitted to, and approved by, 23 of the electors.

This bill would require permit fees for rooftop solar energy systems, as specified, by a city, county, city or county, or charter city to not exceed the estimated reasonable cost of providing the service for which the fee is charged, which cannot exceed $500 plus $15 per… More
Existing law provides that it is the policy of the state to promote and encourage the use of solar energy systems, as defined, and to limit obstacles to their use. Existing law provides that the implementation of consistent statewide standards to achieve timely and cost-effective installation of solar energy systems is not a municipal affair, but is instead a matter of statewide concern. Existing law requires a city or county to administratively approve applications to install solar energy systems through the issuance of a building permit or similar nondiscretionary permit. Existing law requires fees charged by a local agency for specified purposes, including permits, to not exceed the estimated reasonable cost of providing the service for which the fee is charged, unless a question regarding the amount of the fee charged in excess of this cost is submitted to, and approved by, 23 of the electors.

This bill would require permit fees for rooftop solar energy systems, as specified, by a city, county, city or county, or charter city to not exceed the estimated reasonable cost of providing the service for which the fee is charged, which cannot exceed $500 plus $15 per kilowatt for each kilowatt above 15kW for residential rooftop solar energy systems, and $1,000 plus $7 per kilowatt for each kilowatt between 51kW and 250kW, plus $5 for every kilowatt above 250kW, for commercial rooftop solar energy systems, unless certain conditions are met.

By requiring local agencies to perform additional duties, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.

The provisions of the bill would remain in effect only until January 1, 2018. Hide
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Title
An Act to Add and Repeal Chapter 7.5 (Commencing with Section 66015) of Division 1 of Title 7 of the Government Code, Relating to Solar Energy.
Author(s)
Mark Leno
Co-Authors
Subjects
  • Solar energy: permits
Major Actions
Introduced2/23/2012
Referred to Committee
Passed Senate Committee on Governance and Finance4/25/2012
Passed Senate Committee on Appropriations5/14/2012
Passed Senate Committee on Appropriations5/24/2012
Passed Senate5/30/2012
Passed Assembly Committee on Local Government6/27/2012
Passed Assembly Committee on Appropriations8/16/2012
Passed Assembly8/27/2012
Passed Senate8/29/2012
Presented to the governor (enrolled)9/06/2012
Became law (chaptered).9/27/2012
Bill History
Chamber/CommitteeMotionDateResult
select this voteSenate Committee on Governance and FinanceDo pass as amended, and re-refer to the Committee on Appropriations.4/25/2012This motion PASSED the Senate Committee on Governance and Finance
6 voted YES 2 voted NO 1 voted present/not voting
select this voteSenate Committee on AppropriationsPlaced on Appropriations Suspense file.5/14/2012This motion PASSED the Senate Committee on Appropriations
7 voted YES 0 voted NO 0 voted present/not voting
select this voteSenate Committee on AppropriationsDo pass as amended.5/24/2012This motion PASSED the Senate Committee on Appropriations
5 voted YES 2 voted NO 0 voted present/not voting
select this voteSenateSenate 3rd Reading SB1222 Leno5/30/2012This bill PASSED the Senate
25 voted YES 13 voted NO 2 voted present/not voting
select this voteAssembly Committee on Local GovernmentDo pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations.6/27/2012This motion PASSED the Assembly Committee on Local Government
7 voted YES 1 voted NO 1 voted present/not voting
select this voteAssembly Committee on AppropriationsDo pass as amended.8/16/2012This motion PASSED the Assembly Committee on Appropriations
14 voted YES 1 voted NO 2 voted present/not voting
select this voteAssemblySB 1222 Leno Senate Third Reading By SMYTH8/27/2012This bill PASSED the Assembly
58 voted YES 13 voted NO 9 voted present/not voting
currently selectedSenateUnfinished Business SB1222 Leno Concurrence8/29/2012This bill PASSED the Senate
22 voted YES 12 voted NO 6 voted present/not voting
ActionDateDescription
Introduced2/23/2012
2/23/2012Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.
2/24/2012From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 25.
3/08/2012Referred to Com. on RLS.
4/09/2012From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on RLS. Re-referred to Com. on GOV. & F.
4/13/2012Set for hearing April 25.
select this voteVote4/25/2012Do pass as amended, and re-refer to the Committee on Appropriations.
4/30/2012From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 6. Noes 2. Page 3304.) (April 25).
5/01/2012Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
5/04/2012Set for hearing May 14.
select this voteVote5/14/2012Placed on Appropriations Suspense file.
5/14/2012Placed on APPR. suspense file.
5/18/2012Set for hearing May 24.
5/24/2012From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 5. Noes 2. Page 3593.) (May 24).
select this voteVote5/24/2012Do pass as amended.
5/25/2012Read second time and amended. Ordered to third reading.
5/30/2012Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 25. Noes 13. Page 3698.) Ordered to the Assembly.
5/30/2012In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
select this voteSenate Vote on Passage5/30/2012Senate 3rd Reading SB1222 Leno
6/15/2012Referred to Com. on L. GOV.
6/19/2012From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on L. GOV.
6/27/2012From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 1.) (June 27). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
select this voteVote6/27/2012Do pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
8/08/2012Hearing postponed by committee.
select this voteVote8/16/2012Do pass as amended.
8/20/2012From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 14. Noes 1.) (August 16).
8/21/2012Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.
8/22/2012Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
8/27/2012Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 58. Noes 13. Page 6353.) Ordered to the Senate.
select this voteAssembly Vote on Passage8/27/2012SB 1222 Leno Senate Third Reading By SMYTH
8/28/2012In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.
8/29/2012Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 22. Noes 12. Page 4977.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
currently selectedSenate Vote on Passage8/29/2012Unfinished Business SB1222 Leno Concurrence
9/06/2012Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
9/27/2012Approved by the Governor.
9/27/2012Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 614, Statutes of 2012.

Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

20 Organizations Supported and 11 Opposed; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
An Act to Add and Repeal Chapter 7.5 (Commencing with Section 66015) of Division 1 of Title 7 of the Government Code, Relating to Solar Energy.: Unfinished Business SB1222 Leno Concurrence

20 organizations supported this bill

Acro Energy
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Aee Solar, Inc.
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Distributed Energy Consumer Advocates
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Environment California
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Mainstream Energy
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Natural Resources Defense Council
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Petersendean Roofing
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
REC Solar, Inc.
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
School Energy Coalition
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Sierra Club
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Solar Energy Industries Association
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
SolarCity
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Solaria
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
SunEdison
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Sungevity
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Sunrun
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Suntech
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Union of Concerned Scientists
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Verengo Solar
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.

11 organizations opposed this bill

Alameda County Board of Supervisors
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
California Building Officials
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
California Municipal Utilities Association
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
California State Association of Counties
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
City Of Alturas Building & Safety Department
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
City of Bellflower
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Lassen County
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
League of California Cities
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Regional Council of Rural Counties
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Southwest California Legislative Council
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
Urban Counties Caucus
Senate Rules Committee (2012, August 28). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.

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Includes reported contributions to campaigns of Senators in office on day of vote, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2012.
Contributions data source: FollowTheMoney.org

Contributions by Legislator

Namesort iconPartyDistrict$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Vote
Elaine AlquistDCA-13$750$0
Joel AndersonRCA-36$14,625$4,500
Tom BerryhillRCA-14$7,000$9,800
Sam BlakesleeRCA-15$0$0
Ron CalderonDCA-30$12,400$5,400
Anthony CannellaRCA-12$13,300$6,400
Ellen CorbettDCA-10$16,700$100
Lou CorreaDCA-34$30,300$3,000
Kevin De LeonDCA-22$52,199$2,100
Mark DeSaulnierDCA-7$22,380$2,000
Bob DuttonRCA-31$13,350$2,150
Bill EmmersonRCA-37$9,500$4,950
Noreen EvansDCA-2$26,729$100
Jean FullerRCA-18$16,500$1,000
Ted GainesRCA-1$20,895$6,900
Loni HancockDCA-9$65,100$0
Tom HarmanRCA-35$23,500$5,000
Ed HernandezDCA-24$26,749$1,000
Bob HuffRCA-29$5,000$15,100
Christine KehoeDCA-39$7,600$0
Doug La MalfaRCA-4$0$2,000
Mark LenoDCA-3$36,000$0
Ted LieuDCA-28$73,300$5,900
Carol LiuDCA-21$8,400$0
Alan LowenthalDCA-27$0$0
Gloria Negrete McLeodDCA-32$9,400$1,000
Alex PadillaDCA-20$49,650$3,000
Fran PavleyDCA-23$108,000$0
Curren PriceDCA-26$17,000$1,000
Michael RubioDCA-16$29,600$7,800
Sharon RunnerRCA-17$0$0
Joe SimitianDCA-11$14,400$0
Darrell SteinbergDCA-6$116,800$0
Tony StricklandRCA-19$16,000$4,500
Juan VargasDCA-40$55,300$6,900
Mimi WaltersRCA-33$0$2,000
Lois WolkDCA-5$18,050$0
Rod WrightDCA-25$26,100$6,300
Mark WylandRCA-38$1,500$1,000
Leland YeeDCA-8$41,500$4,000

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NamePartyDistrict$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Vote
Elaine AlquistDCA-13$750$0
Joel AndersonRCA-36$14,625$4,500
Tom BerryhillRCA-14$7,000$9,800
Sam BlakesleeRCA-15$0$0
Ron CalderonDCA-30$12,400$5,400
Anthony CannellaRCA-12$13,300$6,400
Ellen CorbettDCA-10$16,700$100
Lou CorreaDCA-34$30,300$3,000
Kevin De LeonDCA-22$52,199$2,100
Mark DeSaulnierDCA-7$22,380$2,000
Bob DuttonRCA-31$13,350$2,150
Bill EmmersonRCA-37$9,500$4,950
Noreen EvansDCA-2$26,729$100
Jean FullerRCA-18$16,500$1,000
Ted GainesRCA-1$20,895$6,900
Loni HancockDCA-9$65,100$0
Tom HarmanRCA-35$23,500$5,000
Ed HernandezDCA-24$26,749$1,000
Bob HuffRCA-29$5,000$15,100
Christine KehoeDCA-39$7,600$0
Doug La MalfaRCA-4$0$2,000
Mark LenoDCA-3$36,000$0
Ted LieuDCA-28$73,300$5,900
Carol LiuDCA-21$8,400$0
Alan LowenthalDCA-27$0$0
Gloria Negrete McLeodDCA-32$9,400$1,000
Alex PadillaDCA-20$49,650$3,000
Fran PavleyDCA-23$108,000$0
Curren PriceDCA-26$17,000$1,000
Michael RubioDCA-16$29,600$7,800
Sharon RunnerRCA-17$0$0
Joe SimitianDCA-11$14,400$0
Darrell SteinbergDCA-6$116,800$0
Tony StricklandRCA-19$16,000$4,500
Juan VargasDCA-40$55,300$6,900
Mimi WaltersRCA-33$0$2,000
Lois WolkDCA-5$18,050$0
Rod WrightDCA-25$26,100$6,300
Mark WylandRCA-38$1,500$1,000
Leland YeeDCA-8$41,500$4,000

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
State & local government employee unions$707,723
Alternate energy production & services$205,150
Environmental policy$35,409
Electrical contractors$30,295
Special trade contractors$27,000
Consumer groups$0

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

$ Donated
Chambers of commerce$88,900
Municipal & county government organizations$21,900
Public official (elected or appointed)$4,100
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