Bill

SB 760

87(R) - 2021
Senate Business and Commerce
House State Affairs
Senate Business and Commerce
House State Affairs
Utilities
Electricity
Energy

Contact the Author

Drew Springer

Phone:

512-463-0526

Capitol Office:

E2.602

Email:

Vote Recommendation

Yes
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral

Author(s)

Drew Springer

Sponsor(s)

Matt Shaheen

Bill Caption

Relating to the removal of solar power facilities.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 760 would require that a solar power facility agreement between a landowner and a solar power facility operator must include a provision that the person who leases the property for the installation of a solar power facility would be responsible for removing the solar power devices from the landowner's property, clear the land of such devices and related equipment, and restore the land to its previous condition. The bill also makes provision for injunctive relief for any person harmed by a violation of this agreement.

The purpose of this bill is to bring decommissioning requirements for solar power equipment into alignment with requirements for decommissioning of other types of power generation equipment. 

The House committee substitute changes definitional terms, acceptable financial assurance requirements and extends deadlines for cost estimates and financial assurance..

Vote Recommendation Notes

SB 760 would eliminate a loophole in current statute that allows solar power generators to skirt decommissioning requirements that other power generators must adhere to. By making the regulatory environment apply equally to all types of power generators in this way SB 760 supports the principle of limited government. We support SB 760.

Contact the Author

Drew Springer

Phone:

512-463-0526

Capitol Office:

E2.602

Email: