WASHINGTON, D.C.— Following is a statement by Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on key climate and energy nominations to President-elect Biden’s administration.
I want to share our vision for the next decade, and more specifically, for our new President-elect. It goes without saying that this is an exciting time to be in the solar industry. We are now 32x bigger than we were a decade ago and this $18 billion industry supports American families in every state. Solar is a job-creating engine with bipartisan support and helps to bring clean, affordable electricity to millions.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is releasing a suite of policies and executive actions that it is asking President-elect Biden and the newly elected Congress to act on during their first 100 days in office.
The 2020 election will have tremendous consequences for the future of energy and climate policy in the United States. To meet this moment and provide guidance for the incoming Biden administration and new members of Congress, SEIA has prepared a 100-day legislative and executive agenda.
We can rebuild our economy better than before by enacting commonsense policies that spur longterm growth for solar, including modifying the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), streamlining the permitting process for solar projects, supporting domestic manufacturing of clean energy technologies, and investing in our nation’s electricity infrastructure. Investing in solar energy can create hundreds of thousands of jobs while addressing climate change and lowering costs for consumers.
Nearly 650 solar companies signed a letter to Congress on July 13, 2020, urging them to include policies that will support the solar industry as the U.S. recovers from COVID-19. The list includes many of the largest manufacturers, owners, developers, installers and operators of solar projects across the country.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following is a statement by Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy industries Association on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis’ Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America. Ms. Hopper testified before the Select Committee last year, and many of the ideas included in her testimony are addressed in the 547-page plan.
Today we celebrate the anniversary of the freedom of black Americans, which came almost 100 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed. Two hundred and forty-four years later, black Americans continue to be harmed by racist institutions and laws. In addition to marking the anniversary of emancipation, Juneteenth is an opportunity to call attention to the disparities and systemic racism black people face every day.
Solar can be a leading part of our recovery efforts, helping us create jobs, rebuild our economy and double down on our climate goals. While the economy continues to create uncertainty, it has not stopped solar companies from doing their part to help Americans on the front lines of the crisis.
As Congress looks to put Americans back to work in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the clean energy economy offers an enormous opportunity. Clean energy industries such as solar were among the fastest-growing sectors of the economy before the pandemic hit, with significant potential to create new jobs and spur the investments that are needed to put the U.S. back on track.