The full state Senate is expected to vote soon on a bill designed to make it easier to use California’s community facilities district law to finance solar and other energy efficiency improvements for private homes.

The bill would allow general law cities to create such programs, which are modeled after a program in Berkeley, a charter city. That program allows individual property owners to join a community facilities district that would be used to finance solar panel installations, using special tax assessments to back the repayment of bonds.

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