State of Solar 2015

Posted in Clean Electric, Community Solar, Solar, Solar New in VT

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Our Vermont Community Solar project in Springfield, VT when it was under construction in May of 2014. Now providing electricity to 30 residents and one business.

In last nights State of the Union address, President Barak Obama laid it all out. It was clear that he is unwilling to make compromises if they undermine the progress we have made. That progress is evident in the fact that, “Every three weeks, we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008…there are also millions of Americans who work in jobs that didn’t even exist ten or twenty years ago…” This speaks directly to the solar industry and the incredible momentum it has gained in the past few years. With this success under our belt, we must look to the future and secure it. Part of that security will be found in renewing the 30% Solar Investment Tax Credit that is set to expire at the end of 2016. This brilliant policy has supported the growth Obama eluded to in his speech and in turn the millions of new jobs that have been made in this booming industry.

Obama went on to say that, “21st century businesses need 21st century infrastructure — modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest internet. Democrats and Republicans used to agree on this. So let’s set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline. Let’s pass a bipartisan infrastructure plan that could create more than thirty times as many jobs per year, and make this country stronger for decades to come.” This will only happen if it is supported by the voters and the voters pocket books. We have to continue to prove that laws like the Solar Investment Tax Credit work.

This type of restructuring goes beyond party lines to the people and even the Department of Defense. “The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it.” There is nothing clearer than the most powerful military in the world saying that the biggest threat we face, is our own addiction to fossil fuels. I paraphrase, but the risks are there. Let’s make sure the incentives stay as well.

Before Obama concluded he mentioned that, “In Beijing, we made an historic announcement — the United States will double the pace at which we cut carbon pollution, and China committed, for the first time, to limiting their emissions. And because the world’s two largest economies came together, other nations are now stepping up, and offering hope that, this year, the world will finally reach an agreement to protect the one planet we’ve got.”

These are necessary baby steps to get everyone on the same page. However, as citizens we don’t need to convince foreign leaders of growing economies, to limit their emissions. We need to put our money where our mouth is and support the development of a new infrastructure that does not continue to threaten our future, but supports it.

Read the whole speech transcript here

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Our recently completed Vermont Community Solar Project in Brattleboro, VT. Now providing power to six residences and three businesses.

 

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