Ipsun Solar Public Policy

Ipsun Solar’s mission is to fight climate change. To that end, we have been working to help shape solar policy since the company’s beginning. Policy advances help mitigate the climate crisis by allowing individuals to more easily install solar on their homes and businesses.

To better serve our customers and to ensure a livable future the next generation, Ipsun is committed to joining the policy debate in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. as well as on a federal level.

Federal Policy

  1. Ipsun Solar supports lobbying initiatives to extend the ITC (Investment Tax Credit)
  2. Ipsun Solar has actively lobbied with other Amicus Member companies on a federal level.

State Policy

Ipsun Solar represents its customers and advocates for clean energy in the following states and the District of Columbia

  1. Virginia
  2. Maryland
  3. Washington D.C.

County Policy

Below is a partial list of counties and towns in which Ipsun has played a role in advancing solar including permitting process improvement, business licence requirement updates, site visit process improvements, etc.

  • Prince William County (VA)
  • Fairfax County (VA)
  • Town of Vienna (VA)
  • Arlington (VA)
  • Montgomery County (MD)
  • District of Columbia (DC)

Virginia 2020 General Assembly

The 2020 Legislative Session is now underway, and we are committed to working with our partners, coalitions, legislators and especially with our Ipsun friends to make meaningful change in our state. Here are several bills we’re specifically watching and asking our delegates and senators to support. Click on the links to take action on each bill.

  • The Green New Deal ActHB77, Patron: Delegate Sam Rasoul. This critical bill lays the groundwork for a new way of thinking about clean energy and how it can transform our society. It takes into account the areas where clean energy intersects with equality for all workers, clean transportation, sustainable agriculture and more. It creates a mandatory Renewable Portfolio Standard for Virginia, which sets a target date for 100% clean energy by 2036. It helps transition fossil fuel workers to renewable energy jobs, like solar installers, and makes sure no one is left behind as we create a clean energy future. Most important, the bill includes a moratorium on new fossil fuel infrastructure after January 1, 2021. Without this, none of the state’s clean energy goals can ever be met. Updated status: HB77 did not make it through the appropriations process. We will keep pushing for 2021!
  • The Clean Economy Act. Patron: Delegate Rip Sullivan, HB 1526; Senator Jennifer McClellan, SB 876. Meets or exceeds Ipsun’s goals and legalizes community solar. Creates a mandatory Renewable Portfolio Standard for Virginia, which sets target dates for 60% clean energy by 2036 and 100% by 2050. Updated status: PASSED!
  • The Solar Freedom Act. Patron: Delegate Mark Keam, HB572; Senator Jennifer McClellan, SB 710. This bill meets or exceeds all of Ipsun’s goals and we support it wholeheartedly. Update: In conference.

Please call your legislators often and weigh in. You can find your legislators’ contact info here. When you call, just tell the staffer on the phone that you support the House version of the Virginia Clean Economy Act and why. They’ll note your comments. These calls are taken very seriously by the legislators and influence their decision making. It’s easy and makes a big difference so pick up that phone today!

The associations Ipsun works with:

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Ipsun People Involved in Policy Work

Al Ipsun Senior Advisor for Governmental and Legal Affairs

Al Larsen

Bobby Monacella Marketing

Bobby Monacella

Hannah Wiegard

Hannah Wiegard

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