WASHINGTON, DC – Solar Energy Industries Association President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement today in support of the Solar Manufacturing Jobs Creation Act, which was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY):
“We thank Senators Menendez, Stabenow, and Gillibrand for introducing the Solar Manufacturing Jobs Creation Act. The solar industry is growing into an economic force and we want to ensure that clean energy jobs continue being created in America and stay in America.
“Not long ago, the U.S. was the leading global manufacturer of photovoltaic solar cells. But we’ve fallen behind Europe and Asia because we didn’t have the right policies in place. By extending and expanding the solar manufacturing tax credit, we’ll have the support necessary to compete with other countries and continue creating jobs in the solar industry. These jobs are particularly important for states that rely on manufacturing, one of the sectors that has been hardest hit by the economic downturn.
“We look forward to working with Senator Menendez and members of the House and Senate to get this bill passed and return America to its role as the global leader in solar manufacturing.”