Skvarla is asked about the solar incentives, especially as he was previously the secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Here is his answer, with a few interruptions:
Solar is an industry that is becoming very mature very quickly.
The solar industry will tell you that at some point in time they do need to stand on their own.
Oh, but now we’re getting to it:
Clearly the incentive, or the tax credit, for solar was a mechanism that enabled them to get much more mature. I believe that the maturity stage needs to be defined —
Which seems to suggest that, actually, solar is not at all mature and not at all showing prospects of ever becoming mature, and this prospect of ongoing, endless immaturity is becoming alarming enough that state leaders see they will need to define some end point.
— and that we need to take those type credits —
Finally, action to cease crony favoritism for special interests. As stated here before, “Good call! Let’s stop with playing games with tax policy for giveaways to special cronies.”
But as also stated here before, “Wait, he had more to say. What was it?”
— and start looking at other forms of alternatives like biomass, animal waste, all of those things also can produce energy, and we need to start incentivizing other areas to grow to the stature that solar has achieved.
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