SWANA Asks Congress to Extend Energy Grants

Date: December 2, 2011

Source: The Solid Waste Association of North America

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has sent a letter to Congress urging them to extend the 1603 grant program, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that gives grants and tax credits to waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy projects. The program is currently scheduled to expire on December 31, 2011. "To date, twenty-six solid waste operations have taken advantage of this program, amounting to over fifty million dollars in grants---a great investment in our industry," said John H. Skinner, PhD, Executive Director and CEO of SWANA. SWANA argues that the program helps "create jobs, spur economic growth and promote private sector development of energy technologies." The letter is cosigned by 764 companies and trade groups.

December 1, 2011

SWANA Supports Extension of Renewable Energy Grants

On November 30, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), as a member of the 1603 Coalition, sent a letter to Congress in support of an extension of the 1603 grant program. As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Section 1603, operations that qualified for Section 45 and 48 tax credits may elect to receive grant payments worth up to 30% of the capital cost of the facility. WTE and LFG operations both qualify if owned by a tax-payer. This program is set to expire on December 31, 2011.

"To date, twenty-six solid waste operations have taken advantage of this program, amounting to over fifty million dollars in grants---a great investment in our industry," said John H. Skinner, PhD, Executive Director and CEO of SWANA.

The letter encourages Congress to extend this valuable program as it will create jobs, spur economic growth and promote private sector development of energy technologies.

About SWANA:

For nearly 50 years, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has been the leading professional association in the solid waste management field. SWANA's mission is "to advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound management of municipal solid waste." SWANA serves nearly 8,000 members and thousands more industry professionals with technical conferences, certifications, publications and a large offering of technical training courses. For more information, visit www.swana.org.

A copy of the letter follows:

The Honorable John Boehner
Speaker of the House
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Democratic Leader
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Harry Reid
Majority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Republican Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Congressional Leaders,

The undersigned companies, small businesses and organizations are writing to ask that you extend the highly effective Section 1603 Treasury Program before it expires on December 31, 2011. Extension of this program will create jobs, spur economic growth and promote private sector development of energy technologies.

The Internal Revenue Code provides a host of tax incentives designed to spur the development and use of domestic energy sources and technologies. Project developers commonly monetize these tax incentives by partnering with tax equity investors who have the liquidity and tax liability to utilize the credits.

The 2008 economic crisis and the economy's subsequent downturn drastically reduced the availability of tax equity, severely limiting the financing available for energy projects. The Section 1603 Treasury Program, which was enacted in 2009 and extended in 2010, allows energy developers to receive a federal grant in lieu of taking an existing energy tax incentive they are otherwise entitled to claim. This is simply a change to the timing of when an energy incentive can be claimed. This change in timing, however, provides the liquidity needed for the further development of domestic energy projects.

The 1603 Treasury Program has been a resounding success. Since its enactment, the program has leveraged over $22.8 billion in private sector investment to support over 22,000 projects utilizing a wide range of energy technologies in all 50 states. This has resulted in thousands of new American jobs. The 1603 Treasury Program is an efficient finance mechanism that allows taxpayers and small businesses to maximize the return and value of existing energy tax incentives, and is technology neutral so it encourages the development of a wide variety of domestic energy technologies.

Lastly, there remains a need for the 1603 Treasury Program. The tax equity market modestly improved in 2010, but still has not recovered to pre-recession activity. A July 2011 survey of the major tax equity investors by the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance estimates expiration of the program would shrink the total financing available for energy projects by 52 percent in 2012. This would stifle job creation and severely restrict the market's ability to leverage private sector capital to finance new domestic energy projects.

Thank you in advance for your consideration. We look forward to working constructively with you to meet the nation's economic and energy policy goals.


764 signatories as of November 29, 2011

Associations & Trade Groups

American Biogas Council
American Council of Engineering Companies
American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)
American Iron & Steel Institute
Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association
Biomass Power Association
California Biomass Energy Alliance
Clean Coalition
Colorado Independent Energy Association
Distributed Wind Energy Association
Energy Future Coalition
Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association
Hawaii Solar Energy Association
Independent Energy Producers Association
Iowa Wind Energy Association
Large-scale Solar Association
Los Angeles Business Council
Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association
Montana Renewable Energy Association
National Association of State Energy Officials
National Development Council
National Electrical Contractors Association
National Hydropower Association
National Roofing Contractors Association
North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy
Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition
Offshore Wind Development Coalition
Ohio Business Council for a Clean Economy
Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association
Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI)
Solar Energy Industries Association
Solid Waste Association of North America
Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA)
U.S. Clean Heat & Power Association

Individual Companies

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A&R Solar
A.Giddens Electric, Inc.
AAASolar Energy Free LLC
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Absolute Comfort
Absolute Solar
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Ad Energy LLC
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Advanced Energy Industries Inc.
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Advanced Energy Systems
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ALT Energy
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American Renewable Energy
American Solar Direct Inc.
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Andgar Corporation
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Applied Materials
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Arkay Solar
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Axium Solar
Aztec Solar Inc
Baker Electric Solar
Bales Energy Associates
Ballard Power Corporation
BDI-BioEnergy International
Beaumont Solar
Beaver Brothers, Inc
Bella Energy
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Best Energy Power LLC
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Black & Veatch Corporation
Bloom Energy
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Blue Ridge Energy Company
Bob Heinmiller Solar Solutions, LLC
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Commercial Power Partners
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CP Advisors, LLC
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Current Electric Co.
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Custom Solar and Leisure LLC
DAI Energy, Inc.
Dakota Plains Energy
Dark Field Technologies, Inc.
De Lage Landen Financial Services, Inc
Deaton & Associates LLC
Dehlsen Associates LLC
Delta Energy Group
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Direct Power and Water Corporation
Discount Solar Sales & Service
Distributed Energy Partners
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Dovetail Solar and WInd
Dow Corning Corporation
DPW Solar
Duke Energy
Dynamic Solar
E2 Solar
E3 Power Company
Earth and Sky Architecture
EarthKind Solar
Earthsponse, LLC
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EBR Energy Corporation
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Eco Group Solar Division
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Electro-Thermal Equipment Corporation
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Energy Industries
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Estriatus Law
ET Solar Inc
ETA Engineering, Inc.
Ethos Distributed Energy
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EV Solar Products, Inc.
Everyday Energy
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Fafco Solar Energy
Farmatic Inc.
First Solar
Fisher Renewables,LLC
Fishermen's Energy
Foundation of Sustainable Living
Free Energy Corporation
Free Hot Water
Freedom Energy, LLC
FuelCell Energy, Inc.
Full Circle Power Systems LLC
G3 Energy, LLC
General Sheet Metal Works
Geoscape Solar
Gestamp Solar Steel
GlassPoint Solar
Global Green USA
Global Solaris Group
Globe Solar Energy Inc.
Gone Green LLC
Good Energy Solutions, Inc.
Grand Solar, Inc.
Granite Bay Energy
GreanGrid Solar
Great Rock Windpower
Green Capital
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Green CPA, LLC
Green Earth Solar, LLC.
Green Planet Solar Systems Corp
Green Star Solutions, Inc.
Green State Solutions
GreenBrilliance LLC
GreenPower Capital
Greenspring Energy LLC
Grid Solar, LLC
Gridwerks Consulting, Inc.
Gryphon International Engineering
Gulf South Solar
GUSC Energy, Inc.
H2O Thermal
Haleakala Solar Inc
Hamon Engineering
Hanergy Holding America Inc.
Hannah Solar
Harmon Electric dba Harmon Solar
Harney Lighting & Electric
Harriman's Solar
Harvest Power, Inc.
Harvest Solar Energy
Harvest The Wind Network
Hawaii Solar & Wind, LLC
Hawaiian Island Solar Inc.
Hawkensen Construction, Inc
hb Solar Atlanta, LLC
HelioPower Inc.
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Hemlock Semiconductor
High Noon Solar
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Independence Renewable Energy
Independence Solar
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Infinergy Wind and Solar
Infinia Corporation
Infinite Solar, Inc.
Inovateus Solar LLC
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Integrated Power Corporation
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Intelligent Generation LLC
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JDS Power, Inc.
Jetion Solar (US) Corporation
Jiangsu Ever-Solar New Energy Co., Ltd.
Jigar Shah Consulting
JMS Solar Network & Associates
Jodi Lorimer Voiceworks
Johnson Matthey Inc
Jordan Properties Llc.
Joule, LLC
JSH international
Jungreis Law
Just Energy LLC
K Road Power
Kahn Solar
Kamaka Green, LLC
Kaufman Lynn Energy
Kenergy Solar
Kettle View Renewable Energy LLC
KIOTO Clear Energy S.A. de C.V.
Klunder Consulting
Konarka Technologies Inc
Krannich Solar, Inc
Kurt Johnsen Energy Systems
Kyocera Solar
LaFrance Corporation
Lake County Resources Initiative
Lake Effect Energy Corporation
Large-scale Solar Association
Lauritzen Inc.
Lee & Associates
Legacy Solar, LLC
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LightWave Solar Electric, LLC
Linde North America, Inc
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Lite Solar Corp
LiveLight Energy
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Madison Solar Consulting
Mage Solar USA
Magellan Search Group
Main Street Power Company, Inc.
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Marc Jones Construction
Mark J. Connolly PE
Martifer Solar USA, Inc.
Master Solar Supply
Maui Pacific Solar, Inc.
Maui Solar Energy Systems
McCully Solar Group
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MegaWatt Solar
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Mercury Solar Systems, Inc.
Meridian Solar, Inc.
MidAmerica Solar LLC
Milbank Manufacturing
Milbank PowerGen
Mindswing Consulting
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Missouri Solar Applications,LLC
Mitsubishi Electric and Electronics USA
Mountaintop Greene Clean Energy
Mr Sun Solar
Namaste Solar
National Lease Financing Services
NationWize Solar
Natural-E LLC
NC Solar Now, Inc.
NDC Green, Inc.
NDC's Housing and Economic Development Corp.
NEL Hydrogen
New South Solar Systems, Inc.
Nexus Energy Solutions USA
Niagara Wind & Solar
NightOwl Music
Nixon Peabody LLP
Nordic Windpower
North Wind Renewable Energy, LLC
Northern Biogas
Northern Power Systems
Nova West Solar
Noveda Technologies
NRG Energy
NW Wind & Solar
Oasis Montana Inc.
Obsidian Renewables, LLC
Ocean Renewable Power Company
O'Connell Electric Co.
Omnipoint Applied Labs
One Sun Inc.
OnForce Solar, Inc
Ontility, LLC
Orange Rockland Solar Inc.
Orbit Energy, Inc.
Oregon Wave Energy Partners I, LLC
Organic Matters, Inc.
Organic Services US, Inc.
Organics Management
Pacific Energy Ventures, LLC
Palmer Capital Corporation
Palomar Solar
Panama Solar Technologies
Panasonic Corporation of North America
PanelClaw, Inc.
Patrick Lakey, Attorney at Law
PeterCares House
Petersen-Dean, Inc.
PHAT Energy
Phoenix Solar Incorporated
PHOTON Consulting
Pieper Electric, Inc.
Pinnacle / SunRun Solar
Plainview Electric, LLC
Planet Impact Inc.
Planet Solar Inc
Platt Electric
Plug Power Inc.
Plumbgood Plumbing
Polaris Energy System of The High Country
Policy Capital Advisors
Positive Energy Alternative, LLC
Power & Light Efficiency Services, Corp
Power Production Management, Inc.
Power Solutions
PPC Solar
PPG Industries
PPT Solar
Praxis Solar
President Solar
Pristine Sun LLC
Proterra Solar
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Prudent Energy Group
Puget Sound Solar
Pursuit Brokerage
PV Advanced Concepts
PV Recycling LLC
PVPower, Inc.
Q-Cells SE
Quantum Analysis
Quasar Energy Group
Radian Energy Systems
Radiance Solar
Rand Associates, Inc.
Ray Angelini, Inc.
RBI Solar, Inc.
RCM International LLC
Reading Electric Renewables
ReadyCom, Inc.
Real Energy Solutions
REC Solar
Recurrent Energy
Recycled Energy Development
Red Barn Consulting
ReflecTech, Inc.
Reis Robotics USA
Renewable Energy Associates
Renewable Energy Constructors
Renewable Northwest Project
Renewable Operations
Renewergy Solutions Group, LLC
Renogy LLC
Rentech, Inc.
ReVision Energy
RevoluSun LLC
Rio Grande Solar, LLC
Rioglass Solar Inc.
RMT, Inc.
Rohan Engineering, PC
Roman Consulting, Inc.
Roof Diagnostics Inc
Roof Integrated Solar Energy
Rose Law Group PC
Rotation LLC
R-qubed Energy, inc
RRE Austin Solar, LLC
RS Energy
Run on Sun
Ruyoka Uganda LTD
Ryan Companies US, Inc.
S-5! Attachment Solutions Metal Roof Innovations, Ltd.
Safari Energy
Samba Energy, LLC
San Francisco Dept of Environment
San Francisco Energy Cooperative
Sanyo North America Corporation
Sapphire Solar
Satcon Technology Corp
Scatec Solar North America, Inc.
Schneider Electric
Schott North America
SCS Renewables
Seminole Financial Services
Seventh Generation Energy System
Sharp Electronics Corporation
SiC Processing USA LLP
Siemens Energy Inc.
Simple Power
Sky High Energy, LLC
Skylands Renewable Energy, LLC
Skyline Innovations, LLC
Skyward Solar Power Company
Slater Solar
Slayden Construction Group inc
Solar & Renewable Power Systems, LLC
Solar Contracting Service
Solar Design Solutions
Solar Design Studio
Solar Direct
Solar Impact, Inc.
Solar Now LLC
Solar Plexus LLC
Solar Plumbing Design
Solar Plus Energy Pros
Solar Radiation Monitoring Laboratory - University of Oregon
Solar Roof Development
Solar Service Center
Solar Siting LLC
Solar Smart Living, LLC
Solar Solutions & Distribution, LLC
Solar Source Inc.
Solar Source Consulting
Solar Sphere, LLC
Solar Trust of America
Solar USA, LLC
Solar Vision Inc
SolArc Energy Prospectors Inc
SolarFlair Energy, Inc.
Solaria Corporation
SolarMan, LLC
SolarNexus, Inc.
Solarpack Development
SolarPro & Home Power Magazines
SolarReserve, LLC
Solarscape Energy LLC
SolarUS, Inc.
Solaya Energy
Solect Energy Development, LLC
Solectria Renewables, LLC
Solential Energy Solutions
Solgenix LLC
Solis Energy Solutions, LLC
Solis Partners, Inc.
Sologen Systems LLC
SOLON Corporation
Solscient Energy, LLC
Soltage, LLC
Solutia Inc.
Sonali Energees USA LLC
Sonali Solar
Sonnen Systems Inc.
South Coast Solar, LLC
South Mountain Company, Inc
Southeast Solar Co.
Southern Atlantic Solar, LLC
Soveren, Inc
Spectrum Energy Group
Spire Corp
SRI Energy, LLC
Standard Solar
Stealth Solar, LLC
Stillwater Mining Company
Structured Finance Associates
Sullivan Solar Power
Sun Farm Netwok
Sun Light & Power
Sun Storage
Sun Valley Solar Solutions LLC
Sunbreak Solar
Suncatcher of Atlanta
Sundial Solar Power Developers, Inc.
SunDog Solar
SunEnergy Americas Inc.
SunEnergy Power Corporation
Sunergy World, Inc.
SunGreen Systems
Suniva, Inc.
Sunmodo Corp.
Sunnovations Inc.
SunPower Corporation
SunPumps, Inc.
Sunray Solar Inc.
Sunsense, Inc.
Sunshine Energy, LLC
SunSpec, LLC
Suntech America, Inc.
SunVest Solar, Inc.
SunWize Technologies
Superior Solar Systems, LLC.
Sustainable Energy Developments
Sustainable Energy Financing, LLC
Sustainable Energy Solutions, LLC
Sustainable Law, PLLC
Sustainable Living Technology
Synchro Solar
Synergy Energy LLC
Synergy Renewable Systems, LLC
Team Gemini LLC
TeamAg, Inc
Teanaway Solar Reserve
Technology Assessment International
Tecta Solar, a division of Tecta America Corp.
Tenaska Solar Ventures
Teragram Energy
Terra Posts PV
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Teru Talk
Tetra Tech, Inc.
TEVA Energy, LLC
Texas Solar Juice
The Alchemy Group, Inc.
The Energy Store
The Leveredge
The Solaray Corp. dba Inter-Island Solar Supply
Therma Breeze, Inc.
Third Coast Solar LLC
Third Sun Solar
Today's Energy Solutions
Torresol Energy
Toshiba International Corporation
Tower Top Energy Consultants
Transform Solar
Transition Staunton Augusta
TreadStone Technologies, Inc.
Trina Solar
Triple "H" Pools
TRMancini Solar Consulting
TRUST Energy
Turtle Energy
U.S. Biogas LLC
U.S. Photovoltaics, Inc.
UMA Solar
United Electric Supply
United Renewable Energy, LLC
United Solar Ovonic
Urban Grid Solar
Urban Ore, Inc.
US Solar Distributing
USA Solar Power, LLC
USGBC California
UTS Bioenergy
Vanguard Energy Partners
VB Engineering
Veolia Energy North America
Verengo Solar
Vergnet Americas
Verliant Energy Partners
Vermont Community Solar, LLC
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VisionSun Design LLC
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Waste to Energy Group, LLC
Wave Energy Conversion Corporation of America
Wedeberg Family Farms
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Werner Electric Supply
WES Engineering Inc.
West Coast Power Solutions
West Wind Renewable Energy Corp.
Western Renewables Group
White Camp Solar, LLC
White Construction, Inc.
Wilson Electric
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
Wind Analytics
WinderLumen LED
Windsine Inc
Wirsol Solar Americas
Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation
Wiser Solar LLC
Xero Solar
Yingli Green Energy Americas
Zackin Publications Inc.
Zimmer America Solar Power

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