Momentum is building in the U.S. Senate for legislation that would extend a long list of important, but expiring tax credits. SIW is encouraging the solar industry and its supporters in Washington State to help in a national campaign to pressure the U.S. Senate to extend the Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) today. Here's a brief overview provided by SEIA, the Solar Energy Industries Association, with instructions on how you and your customers can help. Please distribute:
THE NEXT 24 HOURS COULD DECIDE THE FATE OF SOLAR ENERGY IN AMERICA!
We’re fighting hard to make solar energy part of the bill, but we can’t do it alone. This very well could be our only chance this year to get the hugely-successful solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) extended. If allowed to expire at the end of 2016, as scheduled, many industry experts are predicting "dire consequences" – with U.S. job losses totaling in the tens of thousands – and up to 90 percent of all solar companies going out of business.
How to contact our Washington Senators
Or, you may click here to use a form with language related to this effort provided by SEIA.
Negotiations on SHB 1912, the bill that proposed changes to the current solar incentive program in Washington, continued to the 11th hour during this legislative session. Despite the ceaseless efforts of SIW and its lobbyist, Brad Boswell, and the tireless work of SIW Policy Director, Jeremy Smithson, the bill failed to pass in the House Finance Committee.
However, the current incentive program including the sales tax exemption and the production incentives remain in place.
Legislators were unable to reach a resolution on such a technically complex bill. But, many in Olympia continue to support solar and remain committed to passing new legislation ensuring a long and healthy future for the solar industry in Washington.
SIW will have another opportunity to work with decision makers in Olympia to craft new legislation beginning January 2016 when the next session convenes. In the next few months SIW will continue to identify and collaborate with legislators who are committed to making solar work for the long term in Washington.
SIW thanks its supporters for getting the message out over the last several weeks. Please take the time to send an email or make a phone call to thank your legislators for listening and let them know we’ll reach out to them again in the next session.
Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) has introduced a proposal to extend investment tax credits (ITC) for energy efficient residential and commercial property through 2021, saying the credit has been vital to helping spread solar power across the country. The New Energy for America Act, HR 2412, would also extend the tax credits for other clean energy technologies, such as fuel cells, stationary microturbines, combined heat and power property, small wind and geothermal heating and cooling property. Jim McDermott (D-WA) is a co-sponsor of this bill. Click to read more.
SIW will be busy garnering support for this bill which was recently referred to the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.
Here is a link to the bill itself including a summary, list of sponsors and more.