SEIA submitted a letter to House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richie Neal (D-MA), articulating the industry's priorities for the once-in-a-generation infrastructure legislation currently under consideration. An excerpt from the letter is included below and you can read the full letter at the link above.
The Coalition for Clean Energy Jobs & Innovation, comprised of more than 100 organizations representing clean energy interests, manufacturers, homebuilders, electric cooperatives and a variety of other industries, sent a letter to President Biden, Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer, urging them to enact a ten-year extension of the section 25D and 48 Investment Tax Credit (ITC), and a direct pay option for projects claiming the ITC.
WASHINGTON, D.C. and HOUSTON, TX — The U.S. solar market surpassed 100 gigawatts (GWdc) of installed electric generating capacity, doubling the size of the industry over the last 3.5 years, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight Q2 2021 report, released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie. Solar had a record-setting Q1 2021 and accounted for 58% of all new electric capacity additions in the United States. Renewable energy accounted for nearly 100% of all new electric capacity in Q1.
Since 2010, the National Solar Jobs Census has been the definitive measure of solar energy industry employment in the United States, charting the growth of the solar workforce alongside the rise of solar energy as a major contributor to the U.S. energy supply and economy as a whole.
The ability to trace the provenance of products and components through the value chain, from input materials to the finished product, is necessary and important for a variety of reasons, including sustainability, environment, health, and safety (EHS), and social responsibility. From upholding corporate social responsibility principles to quality assurance and environmental performance, robust product traceability provides openness and transparency.
The SEIA Traceability Protocol (Protocol) lays out a series of steps that a manufacturer can take to track the origin of material inputs through specified stage(s) of production, processing, and distribution, e.g., the factory location and production date of polysilicon used in a finished solar module. The Protocol aims at helping capture and making transparently available to stakeholders which companies and facilities participated in the manufacturing of renewable energy products on the market.
One of SEIA’s top priorities is to help ensure a sustainable and ethical solar supply chain. In support of this mission, SEIA is taking proactive steps to promote environmental and social responsibility within the industry.
Public policy and government action, whether at the local, state, or federal level, will be critical to tackling the climate crisis and building a clean energy future in America. As an industry that deploys clean, reliable, affordable electricity, SEIA recognizes the critical role for environmental justice in these policy discussions, and the need for climate solutions to take into account the disproportionate impacts felt by frontline communities.