HELP PUT US ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK
WASHINGTON, DC – Solar Energy Industries Association President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement this evening after the U.S. House of Representatives passed The American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) by a vote of219 to 212:
"Today, the House passed the strongest measure in U.S. history to cut pollution while putting our economy back on track. Congress’ message was clear:It is time to diversify our energy resources and expand clean, pollution-free solar energy in the U.S.
"Congress also sent a clear signal to our financial markets and investors that there will be a premium on zero carbon energy production in the 21st century U.S. economy.
"This bill will give more Americans the opportunity to install solar on their homes and businesses,spur deployment of utility-scale solarwhile creating tens of thousands of high-paying domesticjobs and stable careers.
"The House passed bill includes provisions that will significantly brighten solar's future.Including,
a renewable energy mandate
safeguards to limit global warming pollution damage
new authority to get solar energy to markets
authority for the federal government to enter 20-year solar contracts
“While we are pleased by today’s historic vote, it is only a first step. We look forward to working with the Senate to significantly strengthen their bill so Congress can send President Obama the strongest possible clean energy bill.”