SEIA Statement on Anniversary of Stimulus Bill

Legislation helped create 18,000 solar industry jobs in 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - Solar Energy Industries Association President and CEO Rhone Resch today released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law:


"One year ago today, President Obama visited a solar installation to sign the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The purpose of the bill was to stimulate immediate job growth with a strong emphasis on clean energy technologies like solar. And that is exactly what happened. In 2009, the Recovery Act helped the solar industry create 18,000 new American jobs. More than 50 new solar energy manufacturing plants are under construction now with the support of ARRA.

"Now Congress needs to keep that momentum going by passing a jobs bill that extends provisions for solar from last year's stimulus bill, which will create more than 20,000 additional jobs in the solar industry in 2010."

SEIA's top policy priorities for the jobs bill are:
Extending the Treasury Grant Program for two years
Returning $2 billion to the Department of Energy Loan Guarantee Program that was used to extend the "Cash for Clunkers" program
Extending the manufacturing tax credit
Establishing the Clean Energy Deployment Administration, commonly called the Clean Energy Bank

About SEIA:
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.

Featured Product

TRA SNOW AND SUN - SOLAR TILE MOUNT

TRA SNOW AND SUN - SOLAR TILE MOUNT

You haven't installed a tile mount that is easier to install than the Solar Tile Mount manufactured by TRA Snow and Sun. Solar Tile Mount is used on all tile roof profiles: flat, mid, and high. It is made in the USA of aluminum alloy for strength and excellent corrosion resistance. Solar Tile Mount is built to allow more ease in installation with more rise from the tile surface to the rail for better air flow below panels. The adjustable base is longer than most allowing attachment 6" to the left or right to have the bracket in the base of the pan of the tile and still fasten to the rafter. Solar Tile Mount is adjustable for counter batten systems from ¾" to 3". The horizontal rail is directly above base fasteners giving greater uplift resistance than any other system. For superior waterproofing apply TRA Snow and Sun's butyl backed VersaFlash aluminum flashing. No tile flashing is needed on top of the tile for greater labor and material cost savings.