The deadline for applications to receive tax credits to purchase new equipment to help the federal government meet its renewable energy goals has been extended.
The deadline to apply to get a loan from the Energy Department’s loan program to buy wind and solar power equipment for the Department of Energy has been pushed back to Sept. 23, 2019.
The Department of Interior is also holding a public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 1, to hear public comment on the loan program.
The event is open to the public, and participants can speak at the meeting.
The Department has previously announced that it would allow the wind and sun power program to begin next year, but the delay will likely mean that many people applying will not be able to receive the loan, and they will be unable to get it in time to meet the 2020 goals.
According to the Department, more than 4.4 million applications were submitted for the federal loan program from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2019, with more than 11,000 of those being received.
That’s a large amount, but not a big surprise, said Chris Wiens, the director of the Bureau of Land Management’s Bureau of Reclamation.
“It is important to note that we have seen a significant amount of interest in the loan programs from individuals who have not yet applied,” Wiens said in a statement.
“Many of the applications were received on or before Jan. 31.
Those who applied earlier will be receiving an extension to the program.”
The deadline for those applying to get the loan was extended to Jan. 23 because of the weather, according to the statement.
The department said that if there is no wind and/or sun power by then, the loan will be extended to a later date.
In the meantime, the government is taking steps to increase solar power generation on public lands.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs announced Thursday that it is extending a deadline to get solar power on public land by 2022.
That will help ensure that more solar power is distributed on Indian reservations, which include reservations in Oklahoma, Idaho and Montana, as well as in other parts of the country.
The Interior Department is also increasing the number of people who can qualify for the solar loan program, and it is working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to determine how many people in those communities can qualify, according a statement released Thursday by the Department.
The department said it also is considering how to increase the solar power in the country by 2030, when the United States has been on a renewable energy mission since 2008.