Solar Group Offers Blueprint to Obama

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on Dec. 3 outlined the key policies that President-elect Obama and the congressional leadership must address to expand the use of solar energy and help put more than 1 million Americans back to work by 2011. SEIA released "Solar Energy: A Blueprint for Job Creation and Economic Security," which recommends that the new Administration and Congress embrace several policies and programs to expand the creation of clean energy jobs in the United States, including improve solar tax credits, increase government procurement of solar power, and create tax incentives for manufacturing.

SEIA Board Chair Roger Efird of Suntech America said, "For solar energy to reach its potential as an economic engine and become an important part of our national energy portfolio, we need government leaders to continue to enact the right policies. These policies, especially in the current economic crisis, will allow companies like mine to grow and create green jobs that will reverse the trend of sending American jobs overseas. Instead, the U.S. can become a destination for international companies to find the skilled professionals they need to compete in the global renewable energy economy."