SEIA Response to the State of the Union Address

Solar industry already playing a role in economic recovery, creating jobs

WASHINGTON, DC – Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Rhone Resch today released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address:
“Tonight President Obama focused on the issues most important to American families: jobs and economic security. Nothing is more important than the peace of mind that comes from a good, secure job.  And today, the solar industry is providing these jobs for the American people. In fact, thanks to provisions in the recovery act, our industry grew by almost 40 percent in 2009, creating 18,000 jobs across the country in areas hardest hit by the recession, like our manufacturing centers in the Midwest. These are high quality jobs in communities across the country.  Jobs that can’t be outsourced overseas and that put our tradesman back to work installing solar on home, businesses and building the next generation of solar power plants.  In addition to providing a quality salary and benefits, the solar industry is bringing back a sense of pride in the American workforce.
“The solar industry is proud to be playing its role in helping America get back on its feet. But we also want to keep working with the Obama Administration and Congress to make sure the right policies are in place for the solar industry to continue to grow and provide the opportunity for all Americans to go solar.”
About SEIA:
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of solar energy industry. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.  Learn more at    
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