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July 31st, 2017
GSREIA 07/25/17 Meeting Minutes and LDR’s Solar Tax Credit Presentation

GSREIA Meeting Minutes 072517 Act 413 – Solar Tax Credit Changes, Kimberly Lewis Robinson  

July 27th, 2017
One Month Left to File for Solar Tax Credits!!

The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) has issued a Revenue Information Bulletin (RIB) on Act 413, which provides for the payment of tax credits for solar energy systems that were purchased and installed on or before December 31, 2015. If you …

June 29th, 2017
Louisiana Legislative Update: 2015 Solar Tax Credit

June 28, 2017 Governor Edwards today signed HB 187 into law: Act 413, providing funding for taxpayers denied their solar tax credits from year 2015 and prior. Although exact details of the new law have yet to be ironed out, what’s clear …

May 8th, 2017
Mississippi AG Releases Consumer Solar Guide

The Mississippi Attorney General’s office this week released its long awaited Consumer’s Guide to Solar  Energy. Developed in cooperation with several state agencies, GSREIA, and the Mississippi PSC, the Guide walks consumers and business owners through the process of considering and …

May 1st, 2017
Louisiana Solar Credit Bill Update May 1 2017

Today, the Louisiana House Ways and Means Committee considered several solar bills related to funding for taxpayers denied credits in 2015 and earlier years. The primary bill instrument considered was Cromer HB187, with other bills similar or identical to 187. …

April 2nd, 2017
LA Prefiled Bills Address Solar Tax Credit Claims

Five Tax Credit Bills Filed in Louisiana Legislature to Address Unpaid LA Solar Tax Credits The sun may be shining through for solar families in Louisiana. As of April 1, 2017, five different House bills have been filed in the …

February 13th, 2017
SEIA Releases Draft Purchase Disclosure Template for Contractors

In January 2017, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national organization of which GSREIA is a member chapter, released a draft disclosure template for solar purchase transactions. The document is primarily aimed at residential and small commercial sales contractors, …

December 13th, 2016
A Bright New Day in Louisiana: Public Service Commission Reinstates Solar Net Metering

A Bright New Day in Louisiana: Public Service Commission Reinstates Solar Net Metering On Thursday, November 17th, the Louisiana Public Service Commission voted unanimously in favor of new solar net metering rules, ending an extended period during which some utilities …

November 21st, 2016
Updated: Louisiana Public Service Commission Eliminates Cap on Solar Net Metering

For Immediate Release: November 21, 2016                                   PRESS RELEASE   Louisiana Public Service Commission Eliminates Cap on Solar Net Metering New Solar Customers Will Now Receive Fair Credit For Electricity Generated to the Grid Updated 12/9/2016: LPSC Order …

October 2nd, 2016
Louisiana Solar Tax Credit Program Declared Overspent by LDR

According to a recent release by the Louisiana Department of Revenue, the state’s Solar Tax Credit program has been fully spent, with an additional $14 million in credit applications that the credit caps did not provide for. The press release …

July 25th, 2016
Louisiana Solar Help – For Taxpayers Denied State Credit

Are you a solar homeowner affected by changes in the Louisiana solar tax credit? Please see bottom of page for resources and to register as an affected taxpayer. NOTE: GSREIA provides these resources for informational purposes only. All taxpayers are …

January 9th, 2016
Louisiana Solar Tax Credit Forms and Filing Date Released

NOTE: The 2015 R-1086 Form has been released. It can be accessed at the below link. Please be aware that all LA returns that will claim the solar credit must be filed electronically, and the first day of filing has been …

April 28th, 2015
Tell Louisiana Legislature to Oppose SB214

Dear Solar Supporter, We need your help. A vote tomorrow in the legislature will attack solar rights and shut down solar firms, all hypocritically under the guise of a “solar rights” bill. Please see below how to fight this effort …

April 25th, 2015
GSREIA Congratulates New Orleans On “Solar Top Ten” Designation

The City of New Orleans was recently honored by national non-profit group Environment America for its achievement of top ten status among American cities for both solar installations per capita and total solar capacity. New Orleans now has over 3% …

March 1st, 2015
Louisiana Solar Industry Responds to Administration Budget Proposal Targeting Tax Credits

  For Immediate Release: Feb. 27, 2015                                                         PRESS RELEASE   Solar Industry Responds to Administration Budget Announcement Tax Credit Proposal Affects Middle-Income Residents and Small Business; Thousands of Jobs in Jeopardy   Baton Rouge, LA – Jeff Cantin, …

July 1st, 2014
GSREIA Announces Formal Complaint to LPSC Regarding Flawed NEM Consultant Selection

Sign the Petition – Click Here!   July 1, 2014: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jeff Cantin, 888-647-7342 Local Solar and Renewable Organizations File Formal Complaint with LPSC New Orleans, La. – GSREIA joined 14 other local solar and renewable organizations …

February 10th, 2014
2.8.2014 – GSREIA releases Contractor Best Practices and Guidelines

The surge in solar installations in Louisiana and across the nation in recent years has brought significant jobs, economic development, and energy savings. GSREIA is committed to a healthy, robust industry that will provide good-paying jobs and quality services for …

July 15th, 2013
7.15.2013 – Revised Louisiana Solar Tax Credit in a Nutshell

Act 428 of the 2013 Louisiana Legislative Regular Session goes into effect on July 1, 2013, and includes several changes to the existing tax credit. The major changes consist of the deletion of the credit for wind energy systems the deletion of …

July 1st, 2013
7.1.2013 – Louisiana Net Metering – No Change to Current PSC Rules

On Wednesday June 26th, 2013 the Louisiana Public Service Commission voted 3-2 to maintain current net metering rules. The PSC staff proposal was ultimately rejected. If instituted, the changes would have significantly undervalued solar energy’s contribution to the grid and …

April 22nd, 2013
4.22.2013 – GSREIA Sponsors LA Senate Bill 231

The Louisiana legislative session which commenced April 8th, 2013 will see the introduction of several renewable energy bills that may alter current tax incentives for solar and wind technologies in Louisiana. GSREIA is sponsoring a bill authored by Senator Danny …

April 18th, 2013
4.18.2013 – While Decision Remains Uncertain – Net Metering Remains in LA

This Wednesday, 4/17/2013, Commissioners decided to defer a vote on staff’s recommended changes to net metering. The vote has been postponed until next month’s meeting on May 21st, 2013.   Several Commissioners pointed to the fact that an adequate analysis …

April 9th, 2013
4.9. 2013 – Solar Power Credit to be debated in Coming Session

BY MARK BALLARD The Advocate – Capitol News Bureau April 08, 2013 A generous tax credit aimed at boosting the solar energy industry is coming under fire and will be the subject of much discussion over the next couple weeks, …

March 13th, 2013
3.13.2013 – Mississippi Solar Legislation Passes House but Threatened in Senate

Mississippi’s solar tax credit legislation, House Bill No. 1591,  passed the House Ways and Means Committee and is now being referred to the Senate Finance Committee. The solar tax credit bill passed with overwhelming support from the House: only 3 nays and 116 yeas. …

March 13th, 2013
3.13.2013 – Net Metering Decision Delayed Again at LPSC

The LPSC staff has decided to delay the issuing of their recommendation for net metering to the April Business and Executive Session. The recommendation and subsequent vote was originally scheduled for this month’s meeting, but the staff notes that more time is …

February 9th, 2013
2.9.2013 – Net Metering Being Challenged at LPSC

The Louisiana PSC continues to discuss making changes to current net metering (NEM) rules in the state of Lousiana.  The staff has presented concerns about the costs of NEM and whom these costs affect. However, the staff’s recommendations are inconsistent …

January 30th, 2013
Super bowl sheds light on commercial solar projects

BY JENNIFER LARINO New Orleans City Business January 29, 2013 A Texas energy company plans to leverage coverage of Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans to highlight how solar projects can be scaled to serve football stadiums such as the …

January 9th, 2013
Louisiana Tax Credit Rule Changes Take Effect January 20th

GSREIA has been made aware that the new rule changes to RS 47:6030 (Solar and Wind Energy Systems Income Tax Credit) will take effect on Jan. 20th, 2013. The rule changes will be sent to the official register in coming days …

December 11th, 2012
LPSC Proposes New Rules for Net-Metering – Future of Energy Savings at Risk

On December 12th, 2012, the LPSC is holding a public meeting to discuss and vote on the proposed rule changes. If the proposed rules are passed, these rules will not only threaten Louisiana’s efforts to create a secure, efficient, and …