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  • 1.  What's in Build Back Better for Solar Industry?

    ASES Life Member
    Posted 01-06-2022 10:31 AM
    Can a solar policy researcher provide insight into what is in the Build Back Better bill that affects the Solar industry?

    I **heard** that Community Solar projects that incorporate workforce training could receive 40% investment tax credit, which would a compelling offer.

    Andrew Stone
    Commercial Solar Lending

  • 2.  RE: What's in Build Back Better for Solar Industry?

    ASES Award Winner
    Posted 01-07-2022 11:05 AM
    The Build Back Better bill which passed the US House of Respresentatives in
    December 2021 is log-jammed in the US Senate due two objections by two
    Democratic Senators - Joe Manchin (W VA), and Krysten Sinema (AZ).

    Manchin who derailed the proposal two weeks ago is back to the negotiating
    table.  Sinema appears to oppose on all grounds.

    Aside from the gridlock here are the links:

    Build Back Better link:


    STATE-by-STATE link:

    White House Highlights Nationwide Impact of Build Back Better Framework | The White House

    SEIA has a BBB toolkit:
    Build Back Better Blitz | SEIA

    The Build Back Better Act now includes: 10-year extensions of section 48 and section 25D investment tax credits (ITC) restored to the 30 percent level.

    I have the text of the Bills for te Hosue and Senate, just e-mail me. But the texts will change
    in the Senate Bill after these Manchin negotiations, where if pased, will be sent to the House.

    Scott Sklar


    The Stella Group, Ltd.

    706 North Ivy Street, Arlington, VA 22201

    VA Phone:  703-522-1195 (3049 direct)

    E-mail:   solarsklar@aol.com

    Website:  www.TheStellaGroupLtd.com


    The Stella Group, Ltd.. is a global strategic technology optimization owner's rep firm for 

    clean energy users and companies, with a focus on system standardization, 

    modularity and web-enabled diagnostics.  Scott Sklar is an Adjunct Professor at 

    The George Washington University teaching three unique interdisciplinary 

    sustainable energy courses, and an Affiliated Professor with CATIE, an 

    international graduate university in Costa Rica offering graduate degrees

    on sustainability. Sklar is the Sustainable Energy Director at GWU's Environment 

    and Energy Management Institute (EEMI).

    Scott Sklar
    President & Adj Professor
    The Stella Group, Ltd, GWU EEMI
    Arlington, VA

  • 3.  RE: What's in Build Back Better for Solar Industry?

    Posted 01-19-2022 09:37 PM
    You would have better luck winning power ball...
    Reality check... Love to be wrong...!!!!...

    william fitch

  • 4.  RE: What's in Build Back Better for Solar Industry?

    ASES Life Member
    Posted 01-10-2022 10:27 AM
    I wonder if @Gilbert Michaud might have something additional to add here?​

    Carly Cipolla
    Director of Operations
    American Solar Energy Society

  • 5.  RE: What's in Build Back Better for Solar Industry?

    Divisions Leader
    Posted 01-11-2022 03:41 PM
    Yes, thanks Carly.  As Scott noted, the plan discussed is to bring back the federal solar ITC to 30% and extend it for 10 years.  As you know, this percentage has been scaling down, and, historically, it has only been extended for a few years at a time. 

    There has also been discussion about offering an additional 10% to the tax credit if projects are built in places where coal mines and coal-fired power plants have closed.  They are trying to encourage development in coal-impacted communities.  This discussion has largely centered on utility-scale solar projects, but community solar projects would probably get the same treatment.  I think this also applies to building projects in "low-income" communities.  Maybe this is what Andrew is talking about.  I am not sure about the workforce training angle, but this is likely related and important.  By the way, here is a policy brief I wrote on this very topic: https://closup.umich.edu/sites/closup/files/uploads/repi/REPI-Michaud.pdf

    Gilbert Michaud
    Assistant Professor
    Loyola University Chicago