Solar execs lobby Congress for ITC extension, domestic manufacturing credits

Two dozen solar industry executives are in Washington this week urging Congress to pass critical clean energy policies in budget realignment legislation. This lobbying blitz comes in the wake of President Biden’s executive actions that put new solar tariffs on hold for 24 months and called on the Defense Production Act to support domestic clean energy production.

“Thanks to President Biden’s decision to waive tariffs for 24 months, companies like SOLV Energy are once again creating jobs and green-lighting projects across the country,” said George Hershman, CEO of SOLV Energy and Chairman of the Board of SEIA. “The industry goes into effect this week asking Congress to continue this momentum by passing clean energy tax credits so we can bolster U.S. manufacturing and accelerate clean energy deployment for the long term.”

The executives urge Congress to build on President Biden’s actions by passing a series of clean energy incentives, including a long-term expansion of the direct-pay solar ITC and the Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act from Senator Ossoff.

“By taking decisive action to mitigate adverse trade effects, the president opened the door to a potential clean energy boom and a renaissance in U.S. solar production,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of Solar Energy Industries. Association (SEIA). “Solar business leaders are in town showing lawmakers what kind of investment and economic growth could come if Congress steps in. With inflation tightening, these are sensible moves that could lower energy costs for all Americans.”

Solar executives are meeting bipartisan lawmakers in the House and Senate, as well as government officials to convey the urgency of action as climate impacts worsen and the clean energy sector continues to face supply challenges. Solar deployment forecasts for 2022 have halved in the past nine months and the window for bold policies is closing.

Congress can increase US national security, bolster America’s energy independence and lower costs for families if it adopts policies to boost clean energy use and domestic production.

SEIA has set bold goals to grow domestic solar production capacity to 50 gigawatts and reach 30% of US electricity production by 2030. The solar industry will be clamoring for legislation all summer long to achieve these goals.

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