The American Wind Energy Association recently released their 2013 annual market report () and the results were pretty shocking: there was a startling 92 percent drop last year in wind installations and 30,000 wind jobs were lost. Why? Stable tax policies.
Can that happen to solar in a year or two? Yes. That’s why it’s more important than ever to work together to pass Commence Construction legislation this year in Congress, and to eventually extend the ITC — giving solar a fighting chance to compete long-term with entrenched industries like oil, gas, coal and nuclear, which have all benefited from incentives in the tax code for generations and generations.
But if we’re going to win this fight, we need a bigger army. By some estimates, there are thousands of solar companies nationwide which have yet to join SEIA. We need your help in getting them onboard.
Here are a few simple things you can do — RIGHT NOW — to help our industry grow and prosper in the future:
1. Recruit two new SEIA members
2. Contribute to SEIA’s SolarPAC ()
3. Join us on June 17, 2014 for SEIA’s Mid-Atlantic lobby day ()
4. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our PR Committee.
Working together is the best way for us to avoid a similar fate. As the old saying goes — “Forewarned is forearmed.”
Thanks for everything that you’re doing for industry, and I look forward to seeing you soon.