"We applaud Senators Cantwell and Ensign for their leadership in presenting a bipartisan solution that stabilizes our country’s commitment to clean, reliable solar energy.
"From New Hampshire to Michigan to Oregon, this bill provides a much-needed shot in the arm for our ailing national economy. This legislation will create thousands of jobs, unleash billions in investment and prevent a major disruption in this fast-growing sector – all at a time when we need it the most.
"We look forward to working with Senators Cantwell and Ensign and their respective leadership to see that a long-term extension of the ITC passes in the Senate, makes its way through conference and is signed by the President. With this one act, we can put our nation on a path to once again become a global leader in clean, reliable, job-creating solar power."
Rhone Resch is president of the Solar Energy Industries Association. SEIA is the national trade association of solar energy manufacturers, dealers, distributors, contractors, installers, architects, consultants and marketers. Established in 1974, SEIA works to expand the use of solar technologies in the global marketplace, strengthen research and development, remove market barriers, and improve education and outreach for solar. Learn more at www.seia.org.
-House Bill (H.R. 5351): http://www.seia.org/HouseEnergyBillText2-12-08.pdf
-Industry Coalition Letter to Senate, Apr. 3, 2008: http://seia.org/ITC_Letter_to_Senate.pdf
Notable signers: 3M, Best Buy, Bosch, Conergy, Dow Chemical Co., Duke Energy, Edison Electric Institute, GE Energy, Home Depot, John Deere, JP Morgan Chase, National Venture Capital Assn., Sierra Club, Target, Trane, the United Steelworkers and Whirlpool.