SOLAR INDUSTRY RECOMMENDS STEPS TO IMPLEMENT ECONOMIC STIMULUS, CONTINUE TO GROW SOLAR INDUSTRY
WASHINGTON, DC – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) delivered its recommendations on implementing economic stimulus provisions to President Barack Obama yesterday.
SEIA Board Chairman Roger Efird, President of Suntech America said, “The solar energy industry has proven that it can be a new jobs engine for America while generating reliable, pollution-free energy. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has the potential to create an additional 110,000 jobs now through 2010 in the solar energy industry if implemented in a speedy and efficient manner.
“The recommendations we are offering President Obama help put boots on rooftops installing solar panels and shovels in the ground building solar power plants,” said Efird. “We’ve seen that the right combination of public policies can stimulate solar energy demand; effectively implementing the stimulus provisions will help America to be the world’s leading clean energy economy.”
SEIA recommendations suggest streamlined implementation for:
- Treasury Renewable Energy Grants
- Department of Energy Loan Guarantee Program
- Manufacturing Tax Credit
- Government Procurement of Solar Energy Technologies
- DOE Funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy