Congressman Proposes Solar Energy for Capitol Hill

[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] An article in the February 21, 2005 issue of Roll Call, a publication that covers news from Capitol Hill, contained an article on a bill from Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN) to study ways of integrating solar power and other alternative energy sources to power the Capitol campus. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) was quick to respond saying that solar energy is an ideal power source for the Capitol campus and that quiet, reliable and pollution-free photovoltaic panels and solar thermal collectors can harness the abundant sunlight that falls on the Capitol’s rooftops, producing energy at the point of use. SEIA added that the increased use of solar can reduce demand from the Capitol’s power plant – the largest single-point source of air pollution in the District of Columbia. This isn’t the first time Rep. Oberstar has proposed solar-favorable legislation. In the 108th Congress, Rep. Oberstar successfully included an amendment to H.R. 6 that would have provided $1 billion over five years to equip federal buildings with photovoltaics. The amount was later reduced to $300 million over five years.

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