This past week, 20,000 renewable energy professionals flocked to Salt Lake City for Solar Power International and North America Smart Energy Week. Nestled in the spectacular Wasatch mountains, Salt Lake City was the perfect host for the conference. The people of the city were warm and friendly, and the views were breathtaking.
Last week, I had a sit down with Andrew Breiter-Wu, President of Breiter Planet Properties. I asked him a few questions about himself and the company, and got to know more about his story. As we walked through the Prudential building in Boston, looking for a place to sit down and talk, Andrew noted: “I love this area, because there is always something going on. It’s great to be in the action.” In the solar world, Andrew is definitely “In the action”.
This past week we remembered the incredible achievements of the Apollo 11 team that put the first man on the moon, 50 years ago. CBS, CNN, and other media organizations did a great job covering this with segments throughout the week and specials using the original footage from the historic day/week back in July of 1969.
Dear Members of Congress,
As some of the nation’s leading solar energy companies, we write to convey the importance of extending the Section 48 and Section 25D investment tax credits (ITC) for solar and other clean energy resources.
The ITC has a tremendous track record of spurring clean energy deployment across the country, creating nearly a quarter million well-paying jobs and driving down electricity costs for consumers, businesses and municipalities. It also has generated significant economic activity, accounting for $140 billion in private investment since its inception.
As you consider clean energy tax legislation, we urge you to include a multiple-year extension of the Section 48 and Section 25D tax credits before they begin to phase down at the end of this year. The residential and commercial investment tax credits will step down from 30 percent at the end of this year. The credit falls to 26 percent in 2020, 22 percent in 2021, and, in 2022, the residential renewable energy credit is eliminated, and the commercial investment tax credit drops to 10 percent.
As a result of these credits and greater competition in the electricity sector, more Americans have access to clean energy than ever before. The greatest solar job growth today is happening in the Midwest and Southeast, in emerging markets such as Kansas, North Dakota, Illinois, Alabama and Florida. More than 240,000 Americans work in solar energy today, a figure that has more than doubled since 2010. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “solar installer” could become the fastest-growing occupation in America.
While this recent success has driven 50 percent annual solar growth over the past decade, solar energy can do more for the economy, especially since it accounted for only 2.3 percent of total U.S. electricity generation in 2018 and less than 1 percent of generation in 29 states. Harmful public policy changes could quickly compromise future growth. For instance, the solar industry has experienced $8 billion of cancelled or deferred investments and the loss of 9,000 jobs in the wake of federal policy changes singling out solar. That's why we're asking you to extend the Section 48 and Section 25D investment tax credits for clean energy resources and support the continued growth of solar nationwide.
Thank you for your continued work and leadership developing American-made clean energy. We appreciate your consideration of our views and look forward to bringing solar to more of your constituents.
Breiter Planet Properties
m: (401) 954-6450
On March 14th and 15th, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association held the BuildingEnergy Boston Conference. Among the attendees were building professionals, educators, homeowners, students, and energy & environment professionals. One of the presentations given at BuildingEnergy Boston was titled Solar Access for the Underserved. Three different speakers addressed the problem of accessibility of solar, and provided specific solutions to this problem.