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Alabama Solar Initiative-- powered by Mothers and Others For A Brilliant Future

When it comes to renewable energy in the state of Alabama, we are getting an “F.” Alabama finished dead last in an index of all 50 states that examined how easily residents and businesses can switch to clean energy like solar power to meet their electricity needs. But our children deserve an “A”, with a future that is sustainable and fueled by the newest technologies in the renewables industry.

 

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Germany, Sweden, and many other countries have shown that renewable energy is a true job creation machine and paves the way into a clean and self-sustaining future. Our neighbor Georgia just implemented the Solar Power Free-Market Financing Act of 2015, thus becoming the first state in the Southeast to allow third-party ownership of solar -- a financing model that allows installing solar panels for those who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford them. (More info on party solar financing here:  https://www.seia.org/initiatives/third-party-solar-financing.)

Solar energy is an abundant resource in the Southeast. Third-party ownership is one key to accelerating solar deployment in our region, where many states prefer markets to mandates, and to attracting investment and jobs throughout the region. It’s time for Alabama to join Georgia and mobilize to become a solar energy leader in the Southeast.

As a first step, third party ownership of renewable energy needs to be expressly allowed by Alabama law. That’s why we will ask our legislators to pass a bill to authorize retail electric service customers to install solar technology for the generation of electricity for their own use, and to finance such installation though a solar financing agent. 

Utility companies claim that policies like net metering or other solar incentives increase electricity costs for non-solar customers. But numerous reports have rebutted the industry’s cost-shift talking point; one from the Environment America Research & Policy Center analyzed 16 studies and concluded that solar customers do not have a negative effect on non-solar customers.

We from Mothers Out Front build our power as mothers to ensure a self-sustaining energy future for all children. Making the shift to renewable energy easier on an individual level is a small but important step towards this future -- and we believe in small steps resulting in big changes. Let’s join forces to help the children of Alabama get an “A” for their energy future!

 


To All Members of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure:

We, mothers and caregivers from Alabama and beyond, ask you to submit a bill to the Alabama House of Representatives ASAP in order to allow third-party ownership of solar energy in the state of Alabama. We call on you to:

(1)  Expand the definition of a utility to include the requirement that they must provide both electricity and ancillary services.

(2)  Explicitly exempt third-party owners from the definition of a utility.

Solar is an abundant resource in the Southeast, and all our children deserve a future that is sustainable and fueled by the newest technologies made in the renewables industry. You, as our representatives and members of the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure, hold the key to making that happen.

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  • Deborah Bettis
    signed 2018-04-13 11:38:47 -0400
    Deborah Bettis
  • Teresa Rodriguez
    signed 2018-04-13 10:19:24 -0400
  • Kathy Placek
    signed 2018-04-13 09:59:58 -0400
  • Noriko Aoi
    signed 2018-04-13 09:20:41 -0400
  • Glenda Hesseltine
    signed 2018-04-12 01:18:18 -0400
    One of the best things we can do for children is provide them with clean, safe energy. We have a moral responsibility to do all we can to provide a sustainable future for the generations to come. …our children and our children’s children deserve this.
  • Marcia Rossi
    signed 2018-04-11 21:05:42 -0400
    Marcia Rossi
  • Carol Walker
    signed 2018-04-11 20:13:55 -0400
    We want our children to have a health future and we care as people with morals should that we must quickly get off of dirty fossil fuels since many people are seriously sickened by fracking in places where that is happening. All deserve and need clean, drinkable water and healthy air to breathe everywhere!
  • Martin Medina
    signed 2018-04-11 17:20:44 -0400
  • Kathleen Kirkpatrick
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    Sign the petition: advocate for more accessible solar energy in Alabama!
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  • Kimberly Sotelo
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  • Jill Medina Elizalde
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-10 21:46:40 -0400
    Sign the petition: If you would like to make Alabama A Leader in Solar Energy- sign this petition and lets start to make Alabama solar friendly. Let's get an "A" for our kids future!
  • Jill Medina Elizalde
    @Mrs_Sustainable tweeted link to this page. 2018-04-10 21:46:34 -0400
    Sign the petition: If you would like to make Alabama A Leader in Solar Energy- sign this petition and lets start to make Alabama solar friendly. Let's get an "A" for our kids future! http://www.mothersoutfront.org/get_an_a_for_alabama?recruiter_id=83286
  • Jill Medina Elizalde
    signed 2018-04-10 21:44:39 -0400
    Jill Medina Elizalde