Speak Out for Solar Tax Credits
The Iowa Legislature’s 2017 session is ending soon! Please ask your Iowa Representative to oppose House Study Bill 187, which reduces the total cap of Iowa’s solar tax credits from $5M to $4M and cuts the match from the federal residential energy tax credit from 60% to 40%.
These tax incentives have led to significant renewable energy growth and have opened access to solar energy for businesses, farmers, homeowners, communities, and utilities across Iowa. By reducing Iowa’s solar tax credit we are prohibiting access to solar and slowing the growth of renewable energy in our state.
Across the nation, the solar industry is adding jobs twelve times faster than the rest of the economy. As of January 2017, there were approximately 600 solar jobs in Iowa. Strengthening Iowa’s very own solar industry will promote economic development in Iowa by creating good paying, local jobs accessible to Iowans — providing a way to keep our energy dollars in the state.
Encouraging the growth of solar can help strengthen the economy in Iowa by creating good-paying jobs in rural communities.
Please take action now and ask your Representative to maintain Iowa’s solar tax credits at $5M so that Iowa can build on our renewable energy success and continue supporting the growth of solar in our state.
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