TASC Launches We Are Team Solar Campaign to Extend Solar ITC

The Alliance for Solar Choice is a coalition of rooftop solar installers dedicated to protecting and promoting net energy metering. (PRNewsFoto/The Alliance for Solar Choice)
The solar investment tax credit (ITC) is scheduled to sunset at the end of 2016. The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) is among those who want to see the ITC remain in place.

Yesterday, the group launched a website, WeAreTeamSolar.com to support this goal. The campaign calls for legislators to support solar by including it in this year’s tax extenders legislation.

The website asks Congress to “keep solar on a level playing field.” Established fossil fuel industries maintain their advantage thanks to the dozens of federal subsidies they have received for decades, while the solar industry relies on only one – the solar Investment Tax Credit.

More than 12,000 people across the country have already heeded TASC’s call to write to their legislators asking for their support of solar in this year’s tax extenders legislation.

Evan Dube, spokesperson for The Alliance for Solar Choice, said, “Solar energy is critical to an all-of-the-above energy strategy, and to ensure that solar is part of the mix, the industry needs certainty from our legislators now.”

The ITC was introduced ten years ago. Since then, the solar industry has added 150,000 jobs. Without the extension, industry experts predict that 90 percent of all solar companies could go out of business and thousands of jobs could be lost.

Including the ITC extension in the tax extenders legislation has received strong bipartisan support. Nevada Senator Dean Heller called for solar to get the same treatment as every other energy industry during a Senate Finance Committee hearing earlier this summer. Senators Maria Cantwell, Chuck Schumer, Michael Bennett, and Rob Portman have also voiced support.

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