Mississippi’s future in renewable energy is growing and the Gulf States Renewable Energy Industries Association hopes to create legislation that will spark even more growth in the industry.
On Friday, members of the association and other interested parties met at Stion in Hattiesburg to discuss state policies in Louisiana and Mississippi.
The GSREIA — a non-profit, open membership trade association — represents solar and renewable energy firms throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama in matters of policy, regulation and public relations.
The main point of discussion Friday was getting tax credit legislation through the state’s House and Senate. The legislation would provide tax breaks to individuals and businesses seeking to install renewable energy systems to homes or businesses.
Tucker Crawford, GSREIA president, said Louisiana’s solar industry exploded thanks to a renewable energy tax credit passed in 2007. The hope is to continue the growth in Louisiana and spark the same interest in Mississippi.
Brian Trascher, senior partner with Gulf South Strategies, has been consulting with GSREIA to formulate the tax credit for the state.
“We submitted House Bill 1634 last year. It was passed in the state House of Representatives,” he said. “It was held up in the Senate because of budget restrictions. We’re going to try to take another swing at it this year.”