Friday, January 28, 2005

U.S. Lawmakers, Solar Industry Push for Change

At a Capitol Hill briefing, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), representing over 700 companies and 20,000 employees in the US solar industry, unveiled a report entitled, "Our Solar Power Future: The US Photovoltaic Industry Roadmap for 2030 and beyond."

The jobs and economy benefits of renewables were a major point that resonated with Congressional lawmakers.

"Solar power can play an important role in fueling America's future economic growth," Senator James Jeffords (I-VT) said. "It can provide a clean, renewable and inexpensive source of energy while simultaneously creating new high-tech jobs."

Noting that the U.S. has lagged behind Europe and Japan in solar industry manufacturing and deployment, the Roadmap called for Congress to enact sustained, annually declining tax credits for solar deployment on homes and business.

"Currently, there are no federal tax incentives for homeowners to have solar on their homes," said Rhone Resch, SEIA president. "With the incentives in this Roadmap, we would see a dramatic expansion in US solar markets, with installed capacity of 200 gigawatts in the US by 2030."

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