Many of you have contacted me to ask if the renewable energy provisions of The Recovery Act – like the Section 1603 cash grants for solar – are being extended past Dec 31st in the now Republican-approved tax bill to be voted on this week. They are not.
I just got an email from the Solar Energy Industries Association urging me to contact congress now! The language is not in the next attempt – but if enough of us kick up a fuss, it could be put back. The Switchboard to speak to your Senator and Representative and to Senator Baucus’ office (tax policy) is (202) 224 3121.
Otherwise, all the new Recovery Act renewable energy project funding expires on Dec 31st.
Senator Baucus has all the policy language ready to go in this Baucus Amendment 4727 from the Saturday attempt to save these important provisions of The Recovery Act, that if all are implemented will put 16 Gigawatts of clean energy on the grid, more than in the entire last 30 years.
Here is where to contact your congress member via SEIA and add a quick personal note to say to extend Section 1603 – and the rest of the renewable energy investments in The Recovery Act.
Susan Kraemer writes at CleanTechnica, CSP-Today, PV-Insider , SmartGridUpdate and GreenProphet and has been published at Ecoseed, NRDC OnEarth, MatterNetwork, Celsius, EnergyNow and Scientific American. As a former serial entrepreneur in product design she brings an innovator's perspective on inventing a carbon-constrained civilization: If necessity is the mother of invention: solving climate change is the mother of all necessities! As a lover of history and sci fi, she enjoys chronicling the strange future we are creating in these interesting times. Follow Susan @dotcommodity on twitter.