Large-Scale Solar Siting: Encouraging Ecosystem Enhancement and Conservation While Producing Much Needed Zero-Carbon Electricity
With passage of the landmark Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the first significant step toward addressing climate change through federal statute, Congress has taken a major step forward. Through tax policy, Congress locked down long-term incentives for renewable energy projects and storage projects and put new policies in place to encourage U.S. production of the materials used in those projects at fair wages.
On August 16, 2022, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) was signed into law by President Biden after passing both chambers of Congress. This summary reflects what is in the final draft of this legislation.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act which includes long-term solar and storage tax incentives, investments in domestic solar manufacturing and other critical provisions that will help decarbonize the electric grid with significant clean energy deployment. Following is a statement by Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the Senate’s passage of this historic legislation:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following is a statement from SEIA president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper on the reports of a reconciliation deal between Senator Manchin and Leader Schumer:
On July 12, 2022, hundreds of companies across the clean energy industry in the U.S. sent a clear message to lawmakers: pass a reconciliation bill without delay that invests in America's clean energy future.
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.
Dozens of Solar Companies Strengthen Corporate Diversity Practices with SEIA’s Certification Program
Since SEIA launched the first-of-its-kind Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Certification Program, 34 leading solar companies have enrolled in the program and 13 have achieved Bronze- or Silver-level certification.
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.