Environment America spotlights solar, energy storage as Congress debates clean energy tax credits

Making clean energy more accessible is a win-win for Americans and our environment.

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John Stout
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Author: John Stout

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Started on staff: 2020
B.A., Pomona College

John creates content for the Environment America state groups. He was previously the transportation advocate for U.S. PIRG and MASSPIRG. John has co-authored multiple reports and numerous op-eds on transportation issues ranging from increased public transit to electrified vehicles to how e-bikes can help us tackle climate change. John lives in Boston with his wife, who works as a nurse at Boston Children's Hospital. They enjoy biking, surfing and eating.

Making clean energy more accessible is a win-win for Americans and our environment.

As Congress debates the infrastructure and reconciliation legislation, thousands of people continue to deal with the fallout from Hurricane Ida. One Louisiana woman's story casts light on how solar generation and storage enhances resilience. After Ida left more than 1 million people without power, Jenel Hazlett of New Orleans banked on her 36 solar panels, along with a battery storage unit tucked under her porch, to access her own energy even while the rest of the grid was offline.

Johanna Neumann, senior director of Environment America's campaign for 100% Renewable Energy, alerted the media to Jenel's story, which was covered by MSNBC.

"One of the most important things we can do to grow rooftop solar and in-home energy storage is for Congress to extend tax credits for those technologies, which will make it in reach for more American households," said Johanna.

Jenel's story of self-sufficiency in the face of extreme weather is just one reason we support extended and expanded federal clean energy tax credits.

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Photo: Johanna Neumann, senior director of Environment America's 100% Renewable Energy campaign, appeared on MSNBC to explain how tax credits from solar power and other forms of clean energy can help Americans better weather extreme storms. Credit: MSNBC

John Stout
Content Creator

Author: John Stout

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., Pomona College

John creates content for the Environment America state groups. He was previously the transportation advocate for U.S. PIRG and MASSPIRG. John has co-authored multiple reports and numerous op-eds on transportation issues ranging from increased public transit to electrified vehicles to how e-bikes can help us tackle climate change. John lives in Boston with his wife, who works as a nurse at Boston Children's Hospital. They enjoy biking, surfing and eating.