The opportunity to encourage clean energy adoption via roof replacements is enormous, and the potential positive impact on the climate crisis is significant.
Congress created the solar investment tax credit (ITC) in 2006 to spur solar energy growth in America and drive economic gains through the creation of new, clean manufacturing and construction jobs. Fifteen years later, it’s clear that the policy has succeeded. The solar industry grew 10,000% and added hundreds of thousands of well-paying jobs to the U.S. economy. The solar ITC has also enabled millions of homeowners and businesses to install solar cost-effectively, save money on their utility bills, and reduce carbon emissions.
Parts of the ITC must be updated, however, to keep pace with innovations in the solar sector and drive further clean energy growth. One of the most promising innovations in clean energy technology is the advancement of integrated solar roofing. With solar integrated roofs, instead of being mounted on top of the roof, the solar laminate is inseparable from the roofing materials. For example, the solar laminate can be applied to a shingle rather than a large, rigid panel that requires an external rack. Solar roofs deliver the same financial and carbon-free electrical benefits as non-integrated solar. However, solar integrated roofs are easier to install, more aesthetically pleasing, and more durable and reliable when it comes to waterproofing. Integrated solar roofs are a win-win for homeowners, addressing a need for a new roof while also satisfying a desire to positively impact the environment by generating clean energy.
The solar ITC enabled millions of homeowners and businesses to install solar cost-effectively. Parts of the ITC, however, must be updated.
To unlock greater solar deployment potential, Representative Mikie Sherill, Representative Bill Pascrell, and Senator Jon Ossoff introduced legislation in early August that proposes important clarifications to the way the