Solar advocates strengthen push for ITC extension, standalone storage credit

The U.S. solar and storage industry and its allies are stepping up pressure on Congress to pass a reconciliation bill with landmark provisions for clean energy use and manufacturing. More than 400 solar and storage companies today sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to pass the legislation as hundreds of clean energy advocates call offices on Capitol Hill.

These activities are part of an industry-wide day of action that highlights the massive clean energy and economic gains that Washington lawmakers can deliver to voters.

“The message from hundreds of solar and storage companies and advocates today is simple: Congress must get this done,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “This is a one-time opportunity for leaders in Washington to deliver on their pledge to tackle climate change, create clean energy jobs and ease the tight grip of inflation and the global energy crisis.”

The coalition of clean energy companies, workers, trade groups and advocates is rallying support for a comprehensive set of policies, including a long-term extension of the solar investment tax credit (ITC) and a standalone energy storage credit. The ITC is a proven job creator capable of driving historical levels of solar and storage deployment and is a necessary policy tool to drive growth at the pace needed to tackle climate change.

Incentives for domestic clean energy production, namely Senator Jon Ossoff’s Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act (SEMA), are a critical part of the reconciliation package. With near-term trade certainty thanks to President Biden’s solar tariff pause, Congress has the opportunity to enact effective industrial policies for clean energy production. SEMA is the right vehicle to realize this vision, and a long-term ITC expansion will ensure new production demand.

“The time of rhetoric is over and all that’s left is to make a deal,” Hopper added. “The solar and storage industry is motivated, mobilized and ready to make our clean energy future a reality if Congress steps in. It’s time.”

Read the corporate letter to Congress and learn more about the solar and storage industry advocacy for a #AmericanEnergyDeal.

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