WASHINGTON, DC – Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement today on the House Natural Resources Committee hearing on the Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources (CLEAR) Act of 2009, which would create the Office of Federal Energy and Minerals Leasing of the U.S. Department of the Interior:
“I would like to thank Chairman Rahall and the House Natural Resources Committee for taking up this important issue for the advancement of reliable, clean utility-scale solar energy. Deployment of utility-scale solar power is one of the most effective ways to move away from our dangerous dependence on foreign fuel sources, diversify our energy portfolio and reduce pollution. Developing utility-scale solar will create jobs around the country, from engineering and project development to manufacturing and construction. The Chairman has shown a commitment to seeking solutions to the challenges renewable energy developers face, and we look forward to working with him and the rest of the committee to improve this bill.”
Craig Mataczynski, President and CEO of SEIA member RES Americas, testified at the hearing.