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.
TALLAHASSEE, FL and WASHINGTON D.C. — In a major win for energy freedom and Florida’s clean energy economy, Governor Ron DeSantis vetoed a bill today that would have undercut the state’s growing rooftop solar market by phasing down net metering and allowing utilities to charge potentially unlimited fees on thousands of solar customers in the state.
Governor Youngkin Signs Energy Generation Property Tax Exemption Into Law, Strengthening Energy Freedom in Virginia
RICHMOND, VA — Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin signed a bill into law today which creates a property tax exemption for residential and mixed-use solar energy systems up to 25 kilowatts in size. This new law expands energy freedom for consumers and creates an additional incentive to do business in the Commonwealth. Following is a statement by Will Giese, southeast regional director for the Solar Energy Industries Association:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lawmakers in the Massachusetts Senate introduced sweeping climate legislation this week that contains several critical provisions for solar development in the Commonwealth. Following is a statement by David Gahl, senior director of state affairs, Northeast, for the Solar Energy Industries Association:
WASHINGTON, D.C. and HOUSTON, TX — In 2021, U.S. solar prices increased as much as 18% due to unprecedented supply chain challenges, trade actions, and legislative uncertainty, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2021 Year in Review report.
The quarterly SEIA/Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables U.S. Solar Market Insight report shows the major trends in the U.S. solar industry. Learn more about the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report. Released March 10, 2022.
Florida Legislation Undercuts Rooftop Solar, Allows Monopoly Utilities to Charge Exorbitant Fees on Thousands of Floridians
WASHINGTON D.C. — The Florida Legislature passed a bill today (HB 741) that will undercut the state’s growing rooftop solar industry by phasing down net metering and allowing utilities to charge excessive fees on over 100,000 solar customers in the state. Under the legislation, utilities will be able to levy unlimited fees on solar customers by 2026, giving them a stronger monopoly hold over Floridians. Following is a statement from Will Giese, southeast regional director for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA):
CHICAGO and WASHINGTON, D.C.— Five months after the passage of Illinois’ landmark clean energy law, solar businesses have installed enough renewable energy to power 30,000 homes and are building a more diverse workforce with the help of job training programs. Data collected by the solar industry found 2022 is on track to be one of the biggest years for solar energy in Illinois’ history.