‘The time for rhetoric is over’: US solar companies demand movement on budget bill

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (pictured) has reportedly launched a last-ditch push to pass a reconciliation bill before the summer recess Image: Senate Democrats.

Hundreds of U.S. solar and energy storage companies have implored U.S. lawmakers to pass a budget reconciliation bill containing solar downstream and manufacturing carriers.

In a letter coordinated by industry trade groups, more than 400 manufacturers, developers, EPCs and other solar and energy storage companies called on members of Congress to pass a bill stuck in the Washington DC quagmire for months.

It comes amid an industry-wide ‘day of action’, with clean energy advocates also calling congressional offices with similar demands, as lobbying efforts intensify.

The letter, addressed to U.S. President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, stresses that U.S. solar, storage and other industries “stand ready” to to develop a cleaner, cheaper and more secure American electricity system.

“Please pass on the tools of reconciliation to help us make this possible,” the letter read, ending simply: “It’s time to do this.”

The letter and a full list of co-signers can be read here.

Renewed lobbying efforts follow reports that Schumer has launched last-ditch efforts to break the deadlock in the Senate and secure enough votes for the Biden administration to pass a budget reconciliation bill that is key to the agenda. president’s policy.

Sen. Joe Manchin has so far blocked efforts to pass the bill citing his expenses, but progress on issues such as the cost of prescription drugs and taxation has led to speculation that a deal wider could be concluded with the August break fast approaching.

Democrats will be determined to pass legislation before November’s midterm elections.

Of particular interest to the American solar community.

“This is a once-in-a-generation window for leaders in Washington to deliver on their promise to fight climate change, create clean energy jobs and ease the grip of climate change. ‘inflation and the global energy crisis,’ Abigail Ross Hopper, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association, said, noting that concerns about soaring inflation and a global energy crisis demanded that lawmakers are “finally getting these policies across the finish line.”

“The time for rhetoric is over, and the only thing left is to get a deal done,” Hopper said.

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