Extend Federal Solar Incentives Past 2011
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Extend Federal Solar Incentives Past 2011

    1. Petition by

      Joshua Chemparathy

      San Mateo, CA

The 30% Federal Grant and 100% Bonus Depreciation that were enacted just a year ago are set to change at the end of this year. On January 1st, 2012, the grant will change to a tax credit and depreciation will change from 100% to 50% in year one. I believe these incentives need to be extended in their present form so the U.S. solar industry can continue to grow as it did last year – a 67% growth rate. The solar industry in the U.S. remains one of few bright spots in regards to economic growth and new jobs.

Every new energy related industry has needed government assistance to become self-sustaining. The solar industry is only a few years away from reaching this goal. With this in mind, please do not allow federal solar incentives to be cut during the current budget negotiations. On the contrary, please work to enhance and strengthen them.

Our country needs to wean itself from fossil fuels and move toward sources of clean renewable energy. If incentives for solar are cut now, we will not only continue our dependence on foreign oil, coal and nuclear but we will ensure that our country will be passed by countries like China, Japan, Germany and other countries worldwide that are making renewable energy a top priority. We have had decades of subsidized oil, coal, and nuclear -- and look at where it has left our country. This is why I ask you to please support the solar industry and the very important federal incentives that are helping solar reach grid parity. Many of our jobs depend on it.

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    • B L VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I support this cause. Please also check out my petition to address human trafficking in the province of bc. http://www.change.org/petitions/minister-of-public-safety-and-solicitor-general-increase-octips-budget-to-750000-annually-and-rehire-robin-pike

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    • Christopher Barnes MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Although the price of solar has dropped, we need lots more of it and keeping the current regime will ensure great growth. We want many Gigawatts of solar and that can only happen if we have a few more years of rapid increase in installations. Luckily, as the price drops, the cost of this program per installation gets reduced. Once the recession is really over, let's slowly ratchet the program down!

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    • Robert Fanney GAITHERSBURG, MD
      • about 3 years ago

      A key issue for the future of the US economy and our environment. We're letting ourselves fall behind both China and India in the great race to become solar energy leaders. This shameful state is due, primarily, to the stranglehold oil interests have over Congress. We need to break that hold an free America from market and environmental tyranny.

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    • Maneesh Pangasa YUMA, AZ
      • about 3 years ago

      I urge President Obama to extend federal solar incentives past 2011. The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009's clean energy investments included tax credits and other incentives for solar energy companies and for homeowners improving the energy efficiency of their houses and installing solar panels I strongly support the Ten Million Solar Roofs Act by the way and urge President Obama to push for its passage as soon as possible. Our country needs to wean itself from fossil fuels and move toward sources of clean renewable energy. If incentives for solar are cut now we will not only continue our dependence on foreign oil, coal and nuclear but we will ensure our country gets passed by countries like China, Japan, Germany and others worldwide that are making renewable energy a top priority.

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