Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead
While solar energy is fast becoming a vital player in the world’s search for sustainable energy sources, there is much to be done to increase its use and productivity. The solar industry requires funding and the strong backing of our government, however strong proposals in the House of Representative and in the Senate are often rejected or watered down. These bills are crucial to ensuring LONG-TERM funding for solar, much needed tax credits and other incentives for residential and commercial installations. In order to make solar affordable and accessible to consumers, support and from local, regional and national representative bodies is essential.
Therefore, an important part of working in the solar industry is involvement with solar advocacy for legislation at every level. In order to ensure solar’s growth in the consumer sphere, your representatives need to hear from YOU.
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PennFuture works to create a just future where nature, communities and the economy thrive. We enforce environmental laws and advocate for the transformation of public policy, public opinion and the marketplace to restore and protect the environment and safeguard public health. PennFuture advances effective solutions for the problems of pollution, sprawl and global warming; mobilizes citizens; crafts compelling communications; and provides excellent legal services and policy analysis. www.pennfuture.org
Solar Nation will speak up to advance the use of renewable — especially solar — energy by encouraging policy change, informing political leaders and candidates about solar power, and helping to shape policy platforms at the local, state and federal level. Solar Nation will also speak out, not only against the competing use of dirty and dangerous fossil fuels or nuclear power, but also in opposition to lobby-influenced legislation or policy that favors such energy choices. http://www.solar-nation.org/
PASEIA is an organization of manufacturers, developers, contractors, installers, architects, engineers, consultants and other industry professionals dedicated to advancing the interests of solar energy and to developing a strong local PA industry offering high quality installation and professional services to business and residential customers in the region we serve. MSEIA is the regional chapter for New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware of the national Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and was organized in 1997. www.mseia.net
Vote Solar’s mission is to bring solar energy into the mainstream. The Vote Solar Initiative was founded after a successful effort to pass a San Francisco ballot initiative for solar on city-owned buildings in November, 2001. With the goal of building the economies of scale necessary to bring down solar’s costs, Vote Solar worked to replicate that grassroots policy success in cities and states around the country. As the solar industry matured, new challenges rose to the forefront, and Vote Solar has expanded its operations accordingly. The fact is, there are still serious regulatory roadblocks impeding solar adoption. Today Vote Solar works at the state, federal and local level to implement programs and policies that allow strong solar markets to grow — and pave the way for a transition to a renewable energy economy. http://votesolar.org/
PennEnvironment is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. Their work combines independent research, practical ideas and tough-minded advocacy to overcome the opposition of powerful special interests and win real results for Pennsylvania's environment. PennEnvironment draws on 30 years of success in tackling our state's top environmental problems. www.pennenvironment.org