Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) president Rhone Resch released the following statement on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) new solar photovoltaic (PV) energy system installed on the roof of its headquarters in Washington, DC. The system is to be unveiled today at a news conference given by Energy Secretary Sam Bodman.
“With the nation mired in an energy crisis, we applaud the Department of Energy for being the first government agency in Washington D.C. to do its part to improve our energy independence by going solar. Leading by example, the Department of Energy has demonstrated that the government must take steps toward breaking our dependence on expensive foreign sources of energy and turn to clean, domestic energy sources today.
“It is now time for the Federal Government to replicate this example on hundreds of buildings in Washington, D.C. and on thousands of government-owned buildings across the country. Solar energy is the only domestic energy technology available that can be widely deployed by the Federal Government to lower energy costs for tax payers while improving our energy security.
“Now Congress must do its part to accelerate the growth of the solar industry by passing an 8-year extension of the solar tax credits, which expire at the end of the year. This modest, common-sense tax credit has helped expand the U.S. solar industry and put Americans back to work. Congress should not leave for the campaign trail without addressing this important national priority.”