Nebraska lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it easier for consumers to use solar power to provide electricity to their homes.
The Legislature's Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday heard a bill by Lincoln Sen. Amanda McGill that would allow residents to join a community solar garden in exchange for a credit on their electric bills.
Solar gardens allow people to benefit from solar panels set up on the roof of a building or in an empty field, rather than spending money to install solar panels at home. The power generated by a community garden would contribute to the electricity already provided by a utility company to area residents.
The Nebraska Power Association, Lincoln Electric System and other public power groups opposed the legislation.