In November, US Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) and MP Dave Schweikert (R-AZ) introduced the Solar Job Preservation Act to protect jobs in the solar industry by strengthening the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Since the ITC was founded in 2006, it has helped create hundreds of thousands of jobs and generate billions in investments. However, the tax credit is more difficult to use due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and is also facing a downward phase. The bill is also supported by representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Paul Cook (R-CA).
“As we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating impact on our economy, we must not forget the climate crisis and the need to preserve clean energy jobs that help us protect our planet,” said Rep. Levin. “The solar industry plays a vital role in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and promoting economic growth. So we need to support them in this pandemic and extend the investment tax credit. I appreciate Congressman Schwekiert’s partnership on this important piece of legislation, and I look forward to working with the rest of my colleagues in the House to get this bill passed. “
“As our economy continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is incredibly important for Congress to focus on job creation and the recovery of our industries,” said Rep. Schweikert. “I am excited to join the Solar Jobs Preservation Act to strengthen solar investment tax credits and incentivize growth, opportunity and clean energy in Arizona and across the country.”
Twelve solar installation companies have issued a letter expressing their support for the Solar Jobs Preservation Act.
“This bipartisan legislation would help address key issues facing the solar industry as a result of the COVID crisis and help hardworking men and women deliver clean solar energy across the country,” said Erin Duncan, vice president of congressional affairs at SEIA. “Solar has a broad appeal across the political spectrum, and we appreciate the bipartisan leadership of Levin, Schweikert, Cook and Tonko in drafting these laws. In the long term, such a measure can help combat climate change and deploy the urgently needed energy infrastructure. Implementing these pro-solar measures would go a long way in helping drive clean energy projects and mitigating some of the economic effects of COVID-19. “
The Solar Jobs Preservation Act provides temporary reimbursement of the ITC for projects that lay the foundation by the end of 2021, and extends the phase of the ITC schedule by one year. The bill would reimburse the ITC for projects that begin construction in the next 14 months so that projects can use the ITC despite the funding problems caused by the pandemic.
The legislation is supported by the Solar Energy Industries Association, the League of Conservation Voters, and the California League of Conservation Voters.
Click here for the wording of the Solar Jobs Preservation Act.
Message from US Representative Mike Levin