President's Energy Budget Request Will Help Create Solar Jobs, Grow the Industry

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Washington, DC – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today released the following statement from Chairman Roger Efird, SEIA chairman and president of Suntech America, in support of President Obama’s Department of Energy Fiscal Year 2010 budget request, which includes $320 million in solar energy funding and $42 million for clean energy transmission and reliability:

“We are very pleased that President Obama is making it clear through his budget request that it remains a top priority to see the solar energy industry play a leading role in creating green jobs and growing the clean energy economy. This is a welcome change from last year’s disappointing $156 million budget request and bodes well for another year of record growth in the solar industry. We look forward to working with the Administration and Congress to get this funding working for the economy.”


About SEIA:
Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of solar energy manufacturers, project developers, distributors, contractors, installers, architects, consultants and financiers. Established in 1974, SEIA works to expand the use of solar technologies in the global marketplace, strengthen research and development, remove market barriers, and improve education and outreach for solar. Learn more at


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