Today, led by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), nearly 70 solar companies are visiting the offices of more than 100 members of Congress in an educational advocacy blitz called “Solar Shines on the Hill Day.”
Solar workers from across the nation are meeting with members of Congress and their staffs to educate them on the significant growth of the solar industry, corresponding jobs in their districts and states, and the industry’s policy priorities.
One of SEIA’s top federal policy priorities is for Congress to modify the tax code to include energy storage as an eligible technology for the investment tax credit. SEIA’s Solar Shines on the Hill Day builds on the advocacy efforts from this summer when SEIA met with members of the U.S. House of Representatives from the top 100 solar congressional districts.
“There is nothing more powerful than a face-to-face meeting to share with policymakers stories about the value of solar energy to their jurisdictions,” says Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA’s president and CEO. “We know that solar energy enjoys broad bipartisan support, but additional education and awareness is always impactful. We will be talking about jobs; economic growth; and what we are doing to accelerate solar deployment, enable healthy competition, and provide Americans with the affordable, reliable, clean energy that they deserve.”
“Solar and storage jobs aren’t Republican jobs or Democratic jobs – they’re American jobs,” adds Ilan Gutherz, senior director of policy and strategy at Borrego Solar. “On behalf of our hundreds of employees and thousands of customers across the U.S., we look forward to joining our colleagues in advocating for the thousands of additional clean energy jobs that could be created with the right support for emerging energy storage technologies.”