What would the Inflation Reduction Act do for Indiana? Specialists clarify results on solar, companies – WFYI


The federal Inflation Reduction Act may assist Indiana utilities and different companies to undertake renewable energy like solar — however whether or not it would encourage Indiana residents to do the identical is unclear.

Indiana University professor David Konisky researches environmental and energy coverage.

“So for utilities, there’s some huge cash on the desk to type of nudge them in direction of investing extra in cleaner applied sciences. That’s actually necessary for Indiana as a result of we do not have state coverage that is been pushing very onerous in that path,” he stated.

The invoice would additionally prolong tax breaks for residential solar panels for a couple of decade and create new tax credit for battery storage.

Alex Jorck is with Whole Sun Designs in Bloomington — which installs solar panels for owners and a few business companies. He stated the outlook for the enterprise has been bleak.

Because of a state regulation, Hoosiers who set up solar panels will now get fewer credit for the surplus energy they ship again to the grid — making solar much less reasonably priced. Federal tax breaks for residential solar are additionally imagined to disappear by 2024.

But Jorck stated extending these tax credit may put solar installers nearer to “business as usual” subsequent 12 months.

“It’s 10 years. This is essentially the most certainty we’ve had. So, it’s nice,” he stated.

The invoice additionally contains new tax credit for individuals who purchase battery storage to accompany that solar.

Laura Ann Arnold with the Indiana Distributed Energy Alliance stated, as utilities proceed to boost charges, this might encourage some folks to get solar with storage — reducing their month-to-month payments and decreasing their dependence on the grid.

“So if there is a power outage, you possibly can proceed to have electrical energy on your home by drawing in your energy storage system,” Arnold stated.

Though Jorck stated few houses are arrange for residents to go fully off-grid — one thing utilities concern may drive up prices for his or her prospects with out solar.

The Inflation Reduction Act additionally offers rebates for home energy effectivity enhancements like warmth pumps and different electrical home equipment. Jorck stated it’s a possibility for solar firms like Whole Sun Designs to develop their enterprise or associate with others that do this work.

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IU’s Konisky stated the invoice additionally incentivizes companies to fabricate extra of those inexperienced merchandise within the U.S. — together with electrical vehicles, which might be a optimistic factor for Indiana automakers.

“One of the things that bill does is it provides money to help companies that are currently building conventional cars to transition towards electric electric vehicles to sort of ease the transition for those companies,” he stated.

The Inflation Reduction Act additionally provides tax breaks to individuals who purchase new and used electrical vehicles. To qualify, new EV fashions must be assembled within the U.S. or a rustic that has a free commerce settlement with the U.S.

Right now, some elements for EVs — like important minerals and batteries — usually aren’t made within the U.S. Konisky stated that makes the way forward for EV manufacturing within the U.S. difficult.

“It may take a few years or longer for us to develop those industries. But I think the long term strategy is to build a large robust electric vehicle supply chain in the United States and other countries that we are friendly with,” he stated.

Konisky stated, if the invoice passes, will probably be the primary time the U.S. has had one thing like a nationwide local weather coverage.

“The potential is there for pretty significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. So that’s really exciting — it’s a long time coming,” he stated.

Contact reporter Rebecca Thiele at rthiele@iu.edu or observe her on Twitter at @beckythiele.

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