Solar manufacturing companies, as an example, have been reluctant to build out manufacturing plants in the US without a long-term market signal. Now they have one.
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Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) October 6, 2008
As part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, Congress renewed the solar and wind tax credits. Americans for Clean Energy (ACE) organized thousands of members in the months leading up to the Act to connect Congress with Americans across the country who want green jobs and a more secure energy future for the U.S.
Thousands of ACE members joined an ACE-created Facebook Group and made more than 20,000 calls to Capitol Hill. This effort is one of the first and largest political mobilizations using Facebook and social media.
"Renewing solar and wind tax credits will lead directly to thousands of good paying green jobs across the country, said Jack Hidary, Chairman of ACE, "We are also pleased that Congress has included a tax credit for plug-in electric vehicles. Our dependence on oil continues to grow and the adoption of plug-in vehicles is critical to achieving energy independence for America"
"We mobilized thousands of members of our group using Facebook and other technologies," said Steve Boyd, Executive Director of ACE. "Our members called in to Congress at key points over the past several months to let our representatives know how important this issue is to them."
"By extending the solar credit for eight years, Congress has finally given the private sector the right signal - it is time to invest in renewable energy," said Josh Becker, co-founder and Board Member of ACE, "Solar manufacturing companies, as an example, have been reluctant to build out manufacturing plants in the US without a long-term market signal. Now they have one."
The Stabilization Act, signed into law this past week, provides for an eight year extension of the investment tax credit (ITC) for solar energy. With this eight year extension, solar manufacturers will for the first time be able to confidently invest in job creating operations in the U.S.
In addition to the solar tax credit, the package also includes a one year extension of the producer tax credit (PTC) for wind energy. Americans for Clean Energy will ask Congress to extend the wind tax credit in the next session.
About Americans for Clean Energy:
Americans for Clean Energy is a bipartisan organization focused on renewable energy and clean technology. Americans for Clean Energy supports the increased adoption of solar, wind and other renewable energy sources, as well as clean transportation solutions. Americans for Clean Energy uses its Facebook group and fan page and other technologies to organize thousands of members. For the link to its Facebook group and more information please visit http://www.americansforcleanenergy.org.
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