SOLAR INDUSTRY CALLS ON CONGRESS TO PASS SOLAR POLICIES IN ECONOMIC STIMULUS- WILL CREATE 67,000 JOBS AND A GIGAWATT OF INSTALLED SOLAR POWER IN 2009 ALONE WITH EVENHIGHER FIGURES ONTHE WAY IN 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today called on Congress to quickly pass the economy recovery package with key solar provisions that will have an immediate impact on job creation in America and keep the solar economic engine humming.
“No other industry in America has experienced the type of explosive growth that solar has in the past three years. We are ready now with an army of workers and warehouses filled with equipment that will put the economy back on track with the right stimulus from Congress,” said Rhone Resch, SEIA president and CEO. “President Obama is right: Instead of waiting years for results, solar can immediately stimulate the economy by creating tens of thousands of jobs and reinvesting billions in projects across America.”
“IfCongress passes a stimulus bill with the solarpolicies supported by the industry, we will create more than 67,000 jobs,install a gigawatt of solar power andavoid more than 1 million tons of carbon emissions in 2009 alone. And we are just getting started as these figures will more than double in 2010,” added Resch.
SEIA reports there are 3,400 solar energy companies across the nation.If Congress passes strong solar policies, small businesses such as Nexamp in Massachusetts, will be able to hire workers immediately and install new solar projects that deliver clean, renewable energy to America’s communities.
“Our company grew from 7 to 25 employees last year. A stimulus bill that includes these policy priorities will lead to additional solar energy projects that we’re ready to deliver now and allow us to create even more jobs,” said Dan Leary, President and Chief Operating Officer of Nexamp, a renewable energy and carbon reduction systems integrator based in North Andover, Mass.
“We applaud President Obama and Senate and House leaders for their efforts to include significant investment in solar and other renewable energy sources as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but final legislation must reflect the best of both the House and Senate bills to keep the solar economic engine humming,” continued Resch.