Solar group demands new policies

Various groups, companies, associations and industries seem to be eager to present their own blueprints to the incoming administration on how to create green American jobs starting next year.

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.

One Response to Solar group demands new policies

  1. Abbey Chemicals 9 December, 2008 at 4:30 pm #

    Wind energy is quite big in the UK… in my home town we have 1 windmill & where I work they have about 15 large windmills generating a lot of electricity.

    I think renewable energy is the way forward and think government incentives for businesses and households is great to encourage recycling and the use of renewable energy.

    I know the government in the UK is giving incentives for solar panels, but they have to be professionally installed and they cost quite a lot of money.

    We have a lot of people buying laboratory chemicals & bulk chemicals from our shop. One chemical in particular (Methanol) is used a lot by various people, along with Sodium Hydroxide or Potassium Hydroxide to create biodiesel. Which, although I don’t use think is absolutely great as people utilise waste oil and turn it into a useful fuel for their car.

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