The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) created the largest climate and clean energy investment America has ever made. These bills provide federal funding for energy and climate resiliency improvements that can be used in houses of worship and our homes. This historic legislation provides people of faith and conscience with an opportunity to live our values of caring for one another and for our Sacred Earth. The IRA included clean energy tax credits for wind and solar, EVs, efficiency upgrades, heat pumps, and much more. It also made it easier for nonprofits and houses of worship to access clean energy funds and tax credits through a program called “direct pay.” Before the IRA, only homeowners and commercial entities with some tax liability could claim tax credits when installing solar panels or other eligible technologies on an eligible property. Now, the “direct pay” option means non-taxable entities can also benefit from these credits. Join us for a briefing with the U.S. Department of Energy to learn more about direct pay, the tax credits, the programs, and the role faith communities can play in helping our country address the climate crisis and ensure that all communities are supported. Hosted by: Interfaith Power & Light, Adamah, the United Church of Christ, United Women in Faith, Global Ministries United Methodist Church, and Creation Justice Ministries.
Rev. Susan Hendershot, Interfaith Power & Light President
Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy (Recorded video)
Chris Castro, Chief of Staff, Office of State and Community Energy Programs, U.S. Department of Energy
Gretchen Gigley, Management and Program Analyst, Schools and Nonprofits Program, Office of State and Community Energy Programs, U.S. Department of Energy
Christine Knapp, Community Innovation and Technical Assistance Program Manager, Office of State and Community Energy Programs, U.S. Department of Energy
Jakir Manela, Adamah CEO