WASHINGTON – Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®), released the following statement today on the impact of Congressional mid-term elections for solar in the 112th Congress:
"No matter who wins Tuesday's mid-term elections, we stand ready to work with them to continue advancing solar energy in the United States. Today, 94 percent of American voters support expanded use of solar energy – Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike.
"Solar is an industry that enjoys bipartisan support in both houses of Congress. It is worth noting that the solar investment tax credit, the most significant federal policy support ever for solar, was passed by a Republican Congress and signed into law by a Republican president in 2005. The eight-year extension of the tax credit in 2008 was supported by dozens of Republicans in Congress and signed into law by President Bush.
"Because of these policies, championed by both Democrats and Republicans, solar today is an industry working for America that doubled employment in the last year and now employs 93,000 Americans across all 50 states. Solar has become a growth engine for America at a time when voter anxiety about the economy is at an all-time high. It is important that leaders in Congress, from the most seasoned political veterans to the incoming freshmen class, recognize the solar industry's capacity to drive job creation and economic growth when addressing America's deep economic challenges in the coming months and years.
"SEIA looks forward to working with the new Congress and leaders from both parties, just as we have for the past 36 years. We also hope that the 111th Congress closes on a positive, bipartisan note during the lame duck session by passing policies that have helped drive solar's dynamic growth this year."
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Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA is working to build a strong solar industry to power America. 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. www.seia.org