It’s no secret that the solar industry is a proven job creator. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) set the stage for the solar industry to create even more jobs and empower workers to earn money while they learn through apprenticeship programs. These opportunities will only become more important as the industry prepares to welcome new workers from all walks of life and help them succeed in the solar workforce.
The Inflation Reduction Act Is Law, but Implementation Will Determine How it Works for Decades to Come
The landmark Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has changed the trajectory of the U.S. energy market, sparking a projected five-fold increase in the size of America’s $33 billion solar and storage industry over the next decade. This immense growth seems inevitable with such a transformative law in place, but the moment President Biden’s pen came off the document, a mammoth implementation challenge was set in motion. Let’s start with what implementation means in practical terms.
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The IRA will create millions of jobs, reduce energy costs, slash pollution and mitigate climate change impacts. The bill’s clean energy provisions represent a win for all American communities, and in fact, today, the most prevalent arguments against the law have little to no basis in truth.
Climate change, hurricanes, FEMA, clean energy, the electric grid. Recently, these terms have been front and center for millions of Americans. Between historic federal legislation, intensifying natural disasters and rising electricity prices, the clean energy transition is more relevant and urgent than ever. However, a quiet storm is brewing that risks undercutting American clean energy and climate progress.
While the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has already created a number of resources for members to use to build their understanding of the IRA and maximize the law’s benefits, RE+ 2022 is just around the corner, presenting an excellent opportunity for clean energy companies to hear directly from SEIA experts about how the IRA is changing the energy landscape.
If the United States wants to achieve its energy security and climate goals while creating well-paying jobs in the clean energy economy, building a robust solar and storage manufacturing base here in America is non-negotiable.
With no relief in sight, lawmakers must do everything in their power to improve energy affordability for their constituents. Clean energy can stabilize energy costs and save families money, helping to mitigate the effects of inflation. Lawmakers already have a blueprint to invest in clean energy through the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 — now it’s time to get this legislation across the finish line.
Abigail Ross Hopper: Why It’s Essential that the Clean Energy Industry Stand Up for Women and Their Right to Healthcare Access
On June 24, 2022, the way we live our lives changed, but it also changed the way we do business. One of the most important parts of creating a great place to work is the benefits you offer staff. Access to healthcare, including pregnancy and abortion care, is an essential part of any benefits package.
A residential solar home in Denver, Colorado. More than half a million residential solar systems were installed in the United States in 2021, representing a 30% year-over-year uptick in installed solar capacity. This is great news for households looking to both stabilize and lower their energy costs, but for the thousands of local jurisdictions responsible for permitting and inspecting each and every system to ensure code compliance, this flood of new projects can quickly become a bureaucratic nightmare.