We need your help to save solar power in Louisiana. Please read our open letter to the Louisiana legislature and take action.
The current assault on our state’s solar tax credit threatens to burden working families with high utility bills, kill hundreds of green jobs and undo years of Louisiana leadership in renewable energy production.
The solar lease tax credit – which propelled New Orleans to the top ten list of solar cities in the country for the first time this year – suffered an aggressive 40% cut in 2013. Another 40% reduction is scheduled in July 2015 and a complete shutdown is set for December 2017.
Thousands of men and women are currently employed by solar installers across the state.
We can measure the results of Louisiana’s support for solar power: the solar incentive program returns more than 75% of each dollar invested back to Louisiana’s economy. Thousands of men and women are currently employed by solar installers across the state. Four years ago, there were four firms installing solar arrays in Louisiana. Today there are 200. Does our state legislature really want to shut down these new businesses and put their workers out of jobs?
Working families across the state rely on solar power to help them plan, budget and save money.
Beyond the economic growth the solar industry provides, working families across the state rely on solar power to help them plan, budget and save money. When we started Make It Right in 2007 to help Lower 9th Ward families rebuild their community after Hurricane Katrina, homeowners told us stories of being crushed by energy bills before the storm and regularly receiving monthly bills of $300 or $400 to cool small homes in the summer.
We committed to installing solar panels on all our homes and now our homeowners pay on average $35 – a huge savings for working families. In addition, we partner with other housing non-profits to help them go solar. These savings mean people have more money to save or spend on healthcare, fresh food, ballet lessons and basketballs.
Make It Right works with licensed contractors to install solar arrays on homes for low or fixed income families – more than 200 homes in the New Orleans area alone. Without solar tax credits, none of this would be possible. We want to keep building homes in the Lower 9th Ward and continue our solar support to other housing non-profits.
We urge the Louisiana legislature to keep energy costs low for working families, allow the solar industry to continue to support thousands of Louisiana jobs and maintain our state’s leadership in clean energy.
Tell the Louisiana legislature that you support solar power today! Click here, enter you zip code and send a message to your representatives now.