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With the increase in jobs nationwide and the the prices becoming more and more affordable for clean renewable energy, it is hard to believe that the federal government would cut funding for departments in charge of meeting the the goal set by the Obama administration for renewable energy. In order to achieve its goals, the Obama administration set up a 30% Investment Tax Credit for people wanting to go solar and even for switching to energy efficient ACs, pool pumps, and so on. With a new budget plan out there under Trump, however, it looks like that incentive to go green may be slipping away fast.

The Environmental Protection Agency would see the biggest budget cuts of any government agency under Trump’s plan, falling by 31 percent or $2.6 billion. As a result, the EPA would have to shed approximately 3,200 of its 15,000 employees.

The proposed budget also “discontinues funding for the Clean Power Plan, international climate change programs, climate change research and partnership programs, and related efforts,” according to the blueprint.

The Department of Energy would see a 6 percent budget decrease, including a $900 million, or 20 percent cut to the Office of Science, which supports more than 300 universities and 10 of the 17 U.S. national labs. Trump has also proposed to eliminate the Loan Programs Office, which invests in the deployment of innovative clean energy technologies, as well as Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), a widely supported program designed to progress early-stage energy technology.

It is tough to say when this tax credit might be no longer available, and it is equally difficult to tell if there will be any similar programs put in place from state to state. With California being one of the leaders in the movement to clean, renewable energy, there may be some options for business and homeowners to continue taking advantage of government programs to help subsidize going green. With all that being said, the time to move on going solar would be much sooner rather than later. If you have, or even currently are thinking about going solar we would recommend initiating the process and getting quotes as soon as possible. It would be in your best interest to get your foot in the door before it closes and make sure that you can save money now.

 


Greentech Media: What Budget Plan Means for Clean Energy

Clean Energy Federal Budget Cuts


If you have ever wondered how solar works, take a look at this video. It goes into details about you can use solar to save the environment and save money at the same time. As a quick correction: there are options to install solar with $0 down. Interested? Give us a call and we can explain everything.


Ever wonder how solar works?


I was reading this article about the potential of going green that 4 out of 5 homes have and it got me thinking about how many home and business owners may be missing out on the savings that come with going green.

Many homeowners are concerned with the idea of going solar. Most concern seems to come from whether or not they will actually benefit from it, or if they can even fit the amount of panels they need on their roof. Concerns like this will often keep a homeowner from seeing the potential to save a lot of money on energy cost. Truth of the matter is: with the right company, at the right cost, and a quick appointment with a technician, many homeowners could be taking advantage of HUGE savings month to month. Not to mention, with inflation rates on energy cost through your utility company, there are lifetime savings that could buy your system again twice over! When it comes down to it, it doesn’t hurt to sit down and really look at the potential to save.

 


Engadget Article: 4 out of 5 homes have solar potential

 

4 out of 5 homes have solar potential