As an industry, we’re strongly urging support from Congress for extending the ITC for at least five years. By then, many analysts are predicting, solar will reach grid parity in most electricity markets, helping to create a level playing field among energy producers, which will benefit consumers, the U.S. economy and our environment.
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Andrew Savage is the Chief Strategy Officer at AllEarthRenewables, manufacturer of the AllEarth Solar Tracker, where he oversees public affairs, communications, and strategic business development initiatives. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) as the vice chair of the Distributed Generation Division. Previously, Andrew was deputy chief of staff and legislative director for Vermont Congressman Peter Welch, a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee. He was also part of President Barack Obama’s successful 2008 presidential primary campaign team. Andrew received his bachelor’s degree in political science and environmental studies from Middlebury College graduatingsumma cum laude where he was also a Division I nordic skier. Full bio>>
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