Today, New Jersey’s Representative Mikie Sherrill toured the facilities of GAF Energy to highlight their ground-breaking work. Similarly, the Representative discuss her recently introduced legislation, the Revamping Appropriate Incentives for Solar Energy for (RAISE) the Roof Act.
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About the reunion
Thus, Sherrill noted that this legislation aims to clarify and expand the solar investment tax credit (ITC) to include integrated solar roofs like the ones manufactured by GAF Energy. Besides, it would maximize the positive climate and economic impacts of the next generation of solar energy technology.
Similarly, joining Rep. Sherrill on the tour of the facility and at the press conference afterward were Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor Michael Soriano; also, GAF CEO Jim Schnepper, GAF Energy President Martin DeBono, and Morris County Chamber of Commerce President Meghan Hunscher.
In this sense, Rep. Sherrill commented; “Indeed, I was thrilled to be able to highlight the RAISE the Roof Act today; particularly, alongside the GAF and GAF Energy teams who are helping New Jersey remains a leader; in the clean energy economy.”
Moreover, “one of our biggest challenges in confronting the climate crisis is making clean energy technologies more accessible for families and businesses,” continued Sherrill. Thus, “this bill removes some of the financial barriers and modernizes the current tax credit law; specifically, to keep up with the tech advancements, we’ve seen in solar.”
GAF Energy on the proposed legislation
Similarly, Jim Schnepper, CEO, GAF, said; “It was an honor to host Congresswoman Sherrill at our headquarters today; specifically, to show her how our research and development are leading the industry forward in new and exciting ways.”
Further, “we are thinking beyond traditional manufacturing processes and roofing materials,” continued Schnepper. Particularly “to develop new offerings including integrated solar, recycled asphalt shingles, and non-asphaltic materials. Besides, we are excited to have a great champion like Rep. Sherrill who is committed to helping our industry bring that innovation forward to customers.”
Additionally, Martin DeBono, President of GAF Energy, commented; “I’m incredibly proud to have joined Representative Sherrill today to discuss paths forward in American clean energy manufacturing and job creation.”
Worth noting, Meghan Hunscher, President and CEO of Morris County Chamber of Commerce, said; “Thanks to Rep. Sherrill’s efforts and her outreach to the business community and constituents, the RAISE the Roof Act promises to continue the important work of government supporting positive climate and economic impacts.”
The importance of the RAISE Act
Thus, “given the uncertainty around us, investing in renewable energy as a nation makes sense. And indeed, there is a business case for this. Now more than ever, our representatives and business community need to come together and be responsive to the needs of the greater community.”
Finally, GAF Energy noted that as chair of the House Science, Space, and Technology’s Environment Subcommittee, Rep. Sherrill is a fierce advocate for clean energy development. In fact, last month, she convened a roundtable with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and local environmental business leaders; for instance, including GAF CEO Jim Schnepper, to discuss the RAISE the Roof Act and the future of New Jersey’s clean energy economy.