Washington lawmakers are considering allowing community-funded solar energy systems to be installed at food banks in an effort to promote renewable energy and reduce operating costs.
A bill moving through the state Senate would expand Washington's renewable energy cost incentive program to allow the nonprofits and a Seattle-area community college to host community solar projects.
The projects are paid for by local groups - primarily residents or small businesses - in exchange for an annual rebate of up to $5,000 for the electricity produced by the system.
Supporters say the bill will increase participation in the renewable energy program and lower electricity bills at food banks at a time of rising demand for services.
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The bill's scope was narrowed after critics warned a major expansion of the program would cost the state too much. The House approved it March 3.