Colorado, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] The Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (CoSEIA) has put its stamp of appoval on House Bill 09-1126. The bill, which is being considered this week in the Colorado General Assembly, proposes that local governments provide the same incentives for solar thermal (hot water) installations as for solar electric installations, including a state sales and use tax exemption.
“Similar financial incentives for the solar electric industry produced 1,300% growth since 2005,” said Beth Hart, Executive Director of CoSEIA. “Financial incentives for the Colorado solar thermal industry will create many local jobs, in both manufacturing and contracting services, and stimulate local economies. These new jobs will improve energy efficiency of our buildings and grow Colorado’s New Energy Economy.”
HB09-1126 is sponsored by Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D-Boulder) and Senator Brandon Shaffer (D-Longmont).
Three years ago, a handful of Colorado companies were selling solar products. Today there are more than 200 business members in CoSEIA, each employing 5-50 people. Solar energy services and sales is one of the fastest growing industries in the state.