California lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would authorize the use of so-called Mello-Roos taxes to back bonds that would be used to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements on private property.

The bill is modeled on a program that is being developed in Berkeley, which would allow homeowners to join in a community facilities district that would be used to finance solar panel installations. The bill’s sponsor, Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, is married to Berkeley’s mayor, Tom Bates.

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