Solar Gaining Ground in U.S. Congress

Congress has paid much more attention to solar energy in recent years due to intensive awareness campaigns by members of the solar industry, according to a leading solar policy expert.

“Members of Congress are starting to realize that solar is not some wild technology from the 70’s. Rather it is the new high tech growth industry,” explained Rhone Resch, President of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), speaking on’s Inside Renewable Energy podcast. Resch outlined many reasons for growing support of solar on Capitol Hill. Politicians across the board are understanding that solar is good for job creation, environmental protection, energy independence and grid stability. SEIA is supporting the “Empowering America Act,” introduced by Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-CA). It is one of many pro-solar energy bills currently in the House. To listen to the conversation with Rhone Resch, check out the Inside Renewable Energy podcast at the link below. Also in the program: Dow Corning claims it has an answer to the silicon shortage.
Previous articleA Possible Answer to the Silicon Shortage, Congressional Support for Solar Increases
Next articleCommunity Renewable Energy Is Just Around the Corner
I am a reporter with, a blog published by the Center for American Progress. I am former editor and producer for, where I contributed stories and hosted the Inside Renewable Energy Podcast. Keep in touch through twitter! My profile name is: Stphn_Lacey

No posts to display