Clock is Ticking: Contact Your Legislators Today on HF221
From our friends at Iowa Solar Solar Energy Trade Association
With the legislative session scheduled to end April 30th, it’s crucial House File 221 starts to move through the process before time runs out.
HF221 would decouple Iowa’s state tax credit from the federal ITC, pay down the waitlist and raise the program cap.
If no action is taken, thousands of Iowa farmers, homeowners and small businesses on the tax credit waitlist will lose out on their credit even though they’ve already invested in their project during an eligible year of the program.
Please take a moment to reach out to your legislators, especially if they are on the Ways and Means Committee in the House or Senate (list below). In addition, these four legislative leaders are crucial for the bill to move forward, please let them know we can’t let these Iowans lose out on the credit they are counting on:
Here is a list of upcoming legislative forums where your legislators may be present and talking with constituents.
Sample talking points for conversations or emails (click here for additional info):
- Please support HF 221 to decouple from the federal credit and establish a state credit, increase funding from $5 million to $10 million and pay down the waitlist.
- The state credit has leveraged about $7 for every $1 of state investment.
- The state solar tax credit has also driven solar job growth in Iowa from about 350 jobs in 2015 to almost 900 in 2019.
- There are 85 Iowa companies in the solar supply chain that range from very small manufacturers to parts to engineering to installers.
- The waiting list for 2021 credits was $6.77 Million as of December 11, 2020. The state estimates it will be $8-9 Million by the time eligibility closes for the year, sending applicants deep into 2023. That means customers purchasing solar this year will be waiting at least two years to claim a credit, or may never receive a credit at all if the legislature doesn’t decouple it from the federal program.
House Ways & Mean Committee Members:
- Lee Hein (R, District 96), Chair
- Carter Nordman (R, District 19), Vice Chair
- Dave Jacoby (D, District 74), Ranking Member
- Michael R. Bergan (R, District 55)
- Jane Bloomingdale (R, District 51)
- Brooke Boden (R, District 26)
- Timi Brown-Powers (D, District 61)
- Eric Gjerde (D, District 67)
- Martin L. Graber (R, District 83)
- Dustin D. Hite (R, District 79)
- Charles Isenhart (D, District 100)
- Lindsay James (D, District 99)
- Megan Jones (R, District 2)
- Bobby Kaufmann (R, District 73)
- Monica Kurth (D, District 89)
- Brian K. Lohse (R, District 30)
- David E. Maxwell (R, District 76)
- Charlie McConkey (D, District 15)
- Joe Mitchell (R, District 84)
- Amy Nielsen (D, District 77)
- Anne Osmundson (R, District 56)
- David Sieck (R, District 23)
- Art Staed (D, District 66)
- Skyler Wheeler (R, District 4)
- Mary Lynn Wolfe (D, District 98)
Senate Ways & Mean Committee Members:
- Dan Dawson (R, District 8), Chair
- Tim Goodwin (R, District 44), Vice Chair
- Pam Jochum (D, District 50), Ranking Member
- Joe Bolkcom (D, District 43)
- Waylon Brown (R, District 26)
- Jim Carlin (R, District 3)
- William A. Dotzler Jr. (D, District 31)
- Dawn Driscoll (R, District 38)
- Jesse Green (R, District 24)
- Janet Petersen (D, District 18)
- Herman C. Quirmbach (D, District 23)
- Jason Schultz (R, District 9)
- Amy Sinclair (R, District 14)
- Roby Smith (R, District 47)
- Annette Sweeney (R, District 25)
- Todd E. Taylor (D, District 35)
- Zach Whiting (R, District 1)