22 July 2014

Stop the Solar Tax!

Stop the Solar Tax!
Back in May, we asked you to let state officials and Rocky Mountain Power know you support rooftop solar power. As you probably have heard, our utility is seeking to levy a tax on Utahns who have invested tens of thousands of their own money in buying solar panels.

It’s an absurd proposal -- clearly we should be encouraging people to make their own clean energy, not discourage it. To find out more, check out a basic description of the issue, our direct response  to Rocky Mountain Power’s claims, and our article explaining how this Utah bid is part of a national anti-solar push. 

We’ve been working hard all summer with a group of rooftop solar owners and other allies to combat Rocky Mountain’s solar tax bid. Here’s how you can help:
If you haven’t yet done, please click on our action alert to send a message to the Public Service Commission (the body that will approve or reject the solar tax.) Do it now! You have only one week left, until Tuesday, July 29, to make your voice heard.

And there’s another way to speak up: You can offer your opinion directly to the PSC at a public hearing they’re hosting on Tuesday, July 29, at 5 pm. That will take place in room 403 of the Heber Wells building, at 160 E. 300 S., in downtown Salt Lake City. If you’d like to learn more about how to effectively deliver your message, and get some tips on what to say, our friends at Utah Clean Energy are hosting a workshop the night before, on Monday July 28, to help you prepare. Click here for more.

Intern with HEAL
Yes, we still have plenty of summer left. But we’re looking ahead to fall, when we’re planning on bringing two new interns to help us with our campaigns. Our internships are interesting, varied and we even pay a little. If you know anyone who might be interested, share this link with them. Applications due August 11. 

Volunteer with HEAL
Hey, we’re in the midst of summer tabling season, when we go out into the community to farmers' markets and festivals and chat about our issues and ask folks to fill out a postcard urging an important action. Please join us and help us table here in Salt Lake on any of several Saturdays – July 26, August 16, August 30 and September 13. We’ll fill you in on what you need to know and you’ll always be accompanied by a staff member or intern. If that volunteer opportunity interests you, please email Lindsay at Lindsay@healutah.org. Help!


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