The Solar Policy Scoop: July 2023

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Community solar could soon be possible in Ohio if new legislation is passed. Photo by James St. John

Ohio Republicans are introducing a bill to start a community solar pilot program
Columbus, Ohio

Two Republican state representatives have introduced a bill in Ohio that would allow the development of community solar installations as part of the state’s pilot program. HB 197 would pave the way for 1,500 MW of community solar and award special grants to brownfield projects.

DOE Announces Solar Workforce Development Program Award Winners
Washington, DC

The Department of Energy announced 12 projects selected for negotiations to launch training partnerships that expand the solar energy workforce in underserved and underrepresented communities across the country. Projects include two SPW: Top Solar Contractors and Amicus O&M Cooperative.

The IRS publishes guidance on direct payment and transferability under an IRA
Washington, DC

The Internal Revenue Service has published proposed regulations and frequently asked questions regarding the direct payment and pass-through options in the Inflation Reduction Act. The guide shows who is eligible for these incentives and how to claim them on tax returns.

The House Ways and Means Committee is proposing to repeal the IRA in the new tax bill
Washington, DC

The House Ways and Means Committee has proposed repealing the Inflation Reduction Act in its Build it America Act. It’s unlikely to move forward, but this is the second attempt by the GOP-led House to repeal the IRA this year.

Most states score low on clean energy interconnection policies
USA

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council released its Free Grid Interconnection rankings, which rate each state in the country on the quality of its interconnection policies. Of the 39 states and territories with state bonding procedures, only New Mexico received an A for its bonding rules.

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