Solar Industry Prioritizes Tax Credit Extension, Trade Policy for Biden Administration

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Extending the federal Investment Tax Credit is the top priority for the Solar Energy Industries Association as it heads into four years of a Joe Biden presidency. In a Tuesday call with reporters, SEIA President Abigail Ross Hopper likened ranking the group’s prime concerns to picking a favorite child. But broadening the solar industry’s key federal tax credit will provide the most measurable relief as it weathers the economic difficulties of the pandemic, she said. The organization is also placing significant emphasis on reversing the Trump administration’s solar trade policies, Hopper said. But while SEIA hopes to see Biden end the Section 201 tariffs, the industry would be able to manage if the new administration leaves the tariffs untouched, with just one year left before they expire and an exclusion for bifacial solar in place, she said. In anticipation of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, advocates from all corners have begun lobbying their cases for how to turn campaign promises into administrative policy. Progressive activists have asked Biden to reject any cabinet members with ties to fossil fuels. Oil and gas executives hope to slow the transition to clean energy that Biden has promised. And the solar industry’s largest …

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