- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Supporters of a state solar bill approved by the House say the legislation would create new clean-energy jobs and reduce energy costs for those who don’t use solar power.

The Maine House passed the bill on Thursday.

The vote remains 10 short of the needed support to override Gov. Paul LePage’s expected veto.

The Portland Press Herald reports the bill aims to add nearly 200 megawatts of solar energy to the state’s energy portfolio over the next four years. The state currently has about 20 megawatts of installed solar energy.

The amended bill establishes an alternative system with hourly metering. It also includes price caps and other limits designed to keep costs to ratepayers low.

The bill faces more votes in the state Senate.

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