U.S. solar industry in urgent push to extend tax incentive

Subsidies have been a spectacular success. Why mess with a good thing. Our future depends on the growth of alternative energy.

Solar supporters want U.S. lawmakers to extend a 30 percent tax credit for solar installations, possibly as part of a package of renewed temporary tax breaks Congress is working to pass in the next two weeks, industry lobbyists and executives said.The tax credit is currently slated to step down to 10 percent for commercial solar systems, and expire for residential systems, at the end of 2016.