WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the Department of Energy’s announcement today that its decade-long solar SunShot Initiative is more than 60 percent of the way to achieving “cost-competitive utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity,” Tom Kimbis, vice president of executive affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), issued the following statement:
“SEIA applauds the hard work and success of the SunShot Initiative and urges the Department of Energy to continue the investments in research, manufacturing and market solutions that have helped solar become an affordable option for U.S. utilities as well as American businesses and homeowners. The cost of PV panels has fallen by more than 70 percent since 2010, and the cost of a solar system has been cut in half. The U.S. solar energy industry is also doing its part by scaling solar technologies, driving innovation, employing nearly 143,000 Americans and pumping tens of billions of dollars into the U.S. economy. However, barriers still exist that prevent solar from reaching its full potential, so we look forward to the SunShot team’s continued work driving smart public policies and reducing soft costs.”
Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.