Saturday, July 26, 2008

A Message from the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA)

Dear Florida Solar Companies,

Please find below SEIA’s most recent newsletter with the new Senate bill S. 3335.

Also, over the last few weeks in Florida, there have been major installations

· 35 MW from SunPower / FP&L
· 10 MW from SunEdison/ Florida Municipal Power Agency for Seminole Electric Cooperative.

All of the more reason to call Senator Martinez and urge him to vote yes on S. 3335!

Thank you again for your help.

SEIA Solar Action Alert –July 25, 2008


A vote is expected in the Senate as early as next Tuesday July 29, on S. 3335 the Jobs, Energy, Families, and Disaster Relief Act of 2008. This Act includes 8-yr extensions of the commercial and residential solar ITC, allows the credit to be used against the AMT, repeals the utility exemption and doubles the residential cap to $4,000 among other provisions.

Please contact your Senators today urging a “yes” vote on S. 3335. It is extremely important that you let your Senators know that your company needs an extension of the ITC. Please ALSO continue to ask for complete elimination of the residential monetary cap.

If your Senator voted against the ITC in the past, please express the urgency for an extension of the ITC and explain how critical an extension is to your company.
If your Senator voted “yes” in the past, thank them and urge them to continue to push for an extension of this tax credit.

Contact your Senators today urging them to vote “yes” on S. 3335.
To locate your Senators’ Washington phone number, go to and click on your state under "Find Your Senators." Alternatively, you can reach your Senators’ offices through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121.

· Not extending solar credits is a tax increase that will cost jobs and HURT our economy.

· Current solar credits spur the growth of solar energy and expire at the end of this year. Without the credits the industry will lose 39,400 jobs and $8 billion in investments: "Economic Impacts of the Tax Credit Expiration" -

· Within days your Senator will have an opportunity to extend solar tax credits. Time is running out to find a bi-partisan compromise. It is time to get the job done.

· Use the link below for SEIA’s new fact sheet on job and investment loss without an extension of the ITC:

Please forward this email to your company colleagues, family, friends, and others who support solar.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The original July 26 post merges an announced and a possible project.

The Sun Edison/Florida Municipal project is separate from the possible project that Seminole may do with Renovalia. Seminole and Spain's Renovalia signed a letter of intent last week to explore a possible project that Renovalia might build for Seminole here in Florida. No size or location for that possible project is yet determined.