In this instance, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), comprised of over 800 member companies that manufacture, distribute, sell, design, own, install and finance solar power plants and systems in the US, is asking the incoming Obama administration to set up economic and energy policies that will guarantee new jobs coming from the solar industry.
Immediate priorities, which can create (according to SEIA) more than 1 million jobs by 2011 if enacted by the end of 2009, include improve solar tax credits; increase government procurement; tax incentives for manufacturing; and a federal renewable portfolio standard.Their other suggestions include:
- Expand and update transmission infrastructure
- Improve access to federal lands to harness our vast solar resources
- Create a federal Clean Energy Bank
- Create the office of Renewable Energy Development
- Establish national standards for interconnection and net metering
- Increase DOE Solar Appropriations
- Enact climate legislation to reduce carbon emissions, stimulate solar generation
Right now, it looks like US renewable energy investment is larger in the wind energy sector although the solar industry seems to be catching up. I wonder if certain sectors will be given priority when it comes to appropriations.