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  • WIND ENERGY
  • GEOTHERMAL ENERGY
  • SOLAR ENERGY
Winning Issue » SOLAR ENERGY


In the past 12 years, American solar energy generation has grown from 3 gigawatts in 2010, to 131 gigawatts in 2022. During this time, solar panel prices dropped from over $2 per watt to just over $0.20 per watt – and this downward trend is expected to continue. Advances in technology are also expected to greatly increase solar panel efficiency. Creative financing, leasing and government subsidies have also contributed to industry growth which is doubling every 3 years. The average cost of an installed residential solar energy system is now $2.64 per watt, and a typical 6kW system costs about $12,000 after claiming the 26% solar tax credit. In 2022, solar energy supplied about 5% of U.S. electricity demand. Solar and wind power combined is expected to generate 24% of our energy needs this year.

Critics claim it will take decades for solar energy to compete with conventional power plants. However, supporters say the output of large solar farms now being constructed rival that of small nuclear power plants - without the waste, danger and expense. They also say solar energy is an important step in fighting climate change.

Proposed Legislation: Reintroduction of H.R.1557 - Sunshine Forever Act (117th Congress 2021-2022)
Prospective Sponsor: Rep. Mike Levin (CA)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current solar energy policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Kevin McCarthy (CA).
  • I support extending the 30% investment tax credit for offshore wind facilities through 2025 if construction begins before January 1, 2026, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Paul Tonko (NY) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support extending the 30% investment tax credit for offshore wind facilities through 2025 if construction begins before January 1, 2026, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Paul Tonko (NY) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
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I support extending the 30% investment tax credit for offshore wind facilities through 2025 if construction begins before January 1, 2026, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Paul Tonko (NY) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.

If elected as a trustee, American Solar Energy Society will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to promote and increase the use of solar energy.

About: Established in 1954, the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is a non-profit that advocates for sustainable living and 100% renewable energy. We share information, events and resources to cultivate community and power progress in the U.S. and beyond. As the U.S. section of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), we work with individuals and groups around the world to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy and sustainable living society.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
March 13, 2023
Trustee Election - Closing Date
March 20, 2023