Industry Vows to Continue Fight for Pro-Solar Policies, Despite Missed Opportunity This Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. December, 18,
2019 /PVTIME/ — Today Congress and the White House were unable to agree on
including an extension of the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) in an end of
year tax package meaning the credit will decrease at the end of this year. The
measure also failed to include energy storage in the ITC. This represents a
missed opportunity to take an achievable step to boost the economy, add jobs
and reduce carbon emissions.

Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper,
president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association on this

“Congress let a crucial
opportunity slip by, advancing a massive government spending bill without
extending one of the most successful clean energy tax policies in history, the
solar Investment Tax Credit.

“While I’m disappointed by this
missed opportunity to boost the U.S. economy and jobs, and tackle climate
change, I’m heartened that voter support for clean energy policies is at an
all-time high. The solar ITC is a proven way to generate tens of billions of
dollars in private investment each year, while substantially reducing carbon
emissions. We will look for opportunities next year to again engage our
incredibly supportive solar community and work with Congress on clean energy
policies that work for all Americans.

“We knew this advocacy campaign
was going to be an uphill climb. I’m proud of the progress we’ve made and I’m
grateful for our bipartisan supporters. We were pleased by the sheer number of
co-sponsors we gained, including the 14 House Republicans. This support will be
critical as we continue our fight for meaningful policy, including provisions
for clean energy storage in 2020.”