Today we celebrate Juneteenth, the anniversary of the freedom of Black Americans. While the United States declared that “all men are created equal” in 1776, Black Americans were enslaved until 1865 when news of emancipation spread across the nation and states not impacted by the Emancipation Proclamation ratified the 13th amendment. Today, 157 years later, Black Americans continue to face injustice, and in many ways, their liberty remains incomplete.
The Commerce Department’s baseless solar tariff investigation is front and center in the news, and political leaders are stepping up to protect their constituents and voice opposition. In letters to President Biden, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are urging the Department of Commerce to unfreeze the solar industry and immediately end the Auxin Solar tariff probe. In a telling sign, these lawmakers represent 190 million Americans, or 57% of the U.S. population.
Earth Day 2021 and Earth Day 2022 couldn’t be more different. In 2021, the Biden administration announced its Build Back Better agenda and its plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030. This year, while legislation is stalled, the very same administration imperiled its goal with an investigation that will not only impede solar and storage growth, but cause the United States to go backward on its climate goals.
“This is Wreaking Havoc on our Business”: Companies Share Stories About the Impact of the Auxin Tariff Petition
In a bewildering act that runs counter to President Biden’s climate goals, the U.S. Department of Commerce is investigating whether to impose another set of tariffs on the solar industry. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) conducted an industry-wide survey to measure the catastrophic impacts of the Commerce Department’s decision. To date, more than 600 clean energy companies from across the country shared heartbreaking stories about their new reality as this investigation ripples across the industry and looms over their lives.
A first-of-its-kind conference, Secure Renewables ’22, will examine how to ensure solar is the most reliable and secure technology on the grid as it rises to become one of the U.S.’ main energy resources in the next decade. Hosted by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) in partnership with Idaho National Lab (INL), join us April 20-21 in San Antonio – registration is still open.
Each year, the NonProfit Times honors the 50 best nonprofits and associations operating across the United States. Today, the NonProfit Times named the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) to its annual Best Nonprofits To Work For list, ranking SEIA 9th for its strong support of employees and its commitment to fostering a positive, supportive workplace culture during the pandemic and beyond.
It’s well documented that clean energy tax incentives can launch massive private investment. It has also become clear that these incentives will transform U.S. solar manufacturing — putting us well on our way to achieving the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA’s) goal of 50 GW of domestic solar manufacturing capacity. This will only happen, however, if we seize the energy tax investment opportunity before us.
As the world focuses on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and every day Americans start feeling the impacts of this conflict, there is growing consensus that we can no longer rely on foreign adversaries for our energy needs. If we want to diversify our energy sources and reinforce American energy independence, encouraging solar and storage deployment and investing in domestic manufacturing is the best opportunity we have to double down on clean, and reliable energy.
Last month, Auxin Solar filed a self-interested circumvention petition that could undermine America’s progress towards its clean energy goals. In response, over 200 solar companies came together to urge the U.S. Department of Commerce to reject this frivolous petition without delay.
As Congress considers historic investments in clean energy policies, they have an unprecedented opportunity to push for bold public policies that benefit Americans in every zip code. To highlight the critical role environmental justice plays in climate and energy policy discussions, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) teamed up with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Solar United Neighbors (SUN) to meet with 14 members of Congress on this important topic.