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Solar Energy Industries Association

Mission: Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of the solar energy industry. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.

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June 26, 2013 – To support the financing of community solar ...

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S. 1225: The Solar Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) Act

June 26, 2013 – To support the financing of community solar projects, Senator Mark Udall of Colorado today introduced the bipartisan Solar Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) Act, which SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch applauded:

“If approved, Senator Udall’s legislation would allow Americans who work together as a community to employ solar to receive the same tax advantages as individual homeowners and businesses. This is an imaginative and innovative approach to expanding the use of clean solar energy nationwide.

“Under the SUN Act, neighborhoods and towns will be able to establish community solar projects without being penalized under existing tax law. This would be an important step in reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the impact of climate change.

“We applaud Senator Udall on the introduction of his well thought-out plan and offer our support in his efforts. Today, solar is one of the fastest-growing industries in America, employing 120,000 Americans at more than 5,600 companies across the U.S. We believe the SUN Act will help to create even more American jobs, while reducing our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels.”

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S. 591: SEAM Act of 2011

Security in Energy and Manufacturing (SEAM) Act of 2011 expands the tax credits for manufacturers of goods and components used in solar and other alternative energy technologies manufactured in the U.S. This would build on the success of the popular Section 48c credit established in 2009 and help create thousands of new green jobs in manufacturing.

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
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H.R. 2599: PACE Assessment Protection Act of 2011

Property-assessed clean energy (PACE) financing is a tool which allows local governments to finance energy improvements on homes and businesses, which property owners then repay through their property taxes. PACE financing can both increase property values and save consumers money by reducing energy costs. H.R. 2599 would allow cities, counties and states to offer PACE programs to their citizens, increasing home values and saving consumers money by reducing energy costs.

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
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H.R. 3664 (112th): The Solar Energy Regulatory Relief Act

The Solar Energy Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 would provide competitive grants for local governments that lower permitting and administrative costs for small distributed solar energy systems. These local fees can add thousands of dollars to the cost of going solar at a time when module prices are falling rapidly. The bill authorizes $250 million over 5 years, fully paid for by borrowing from an existing DOE energy efficiency fund.

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
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S. 1108 (112th): The 10 Million Solar Roofs Act

The Ten Million Solar Roofs Act of 2011 would provide competitive grants for local governments that lower permitting and administrative costs for small distributed solar energy systems. These local fees can add thousands of dollars to the cost of going solar at a time when module prices are falling rapidly. The bill authorizes $250 million over 5 years, fully paid for by borrowing from an existing DOE energy efficiency fund.

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/seia#seia-s-1108-support
H.R. 724: SEAM Act of 2011

Security in Energy and Manufacturing (SEAM) Act of 2011 expands the tax credits for manufacturers of goods and components used in solar and other alternative energy technologies manufactured in the U.S. This would build on the success of the popular Section 48c credit established in 2009 and help create thousands of new green jobs in manufacturing.

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/seia#seia-hr-724-support
S. 1093: Solar Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) Act of 2011

The Solar Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) Act allows homeowners that participate in community solar programs to utilize the existing residential solar tax credit. Community solar allows individuals to purchase "shares" of a collectively-owned solar system, which entitles them to receive some of the electricity generated by that system. These projects make it possible for those living in apartments or historic properties to go solar, but they are currently prohibited from using the existing federal solar tax incentives.

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
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H.R. 1598: Solar Opportunity and Local Access Rights Act

This bill establishes the right of every American to operate a solar energy system on their property. It helps restrict excessive local solar permitting fees, and establishes national net metering and interconnection standards, solar access rights, and 30-year government power contracting authority. It also authorizes the creation of an advanced solar research center within DOE. Rep. Cardoza's SOLAR Act would significantly level the playing field for solar energy at the state and local level.

(This bill failed to be passed during the two-year Congress in which it was introduced.)
Direct link to this position: https://www.popvox.com/orgs/seia#seia-hr-1598-support