WASHINGTON - Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, released the following statement in reaction to Senator Jeff Bingaman's (D-NM) proposal for a clean energy standard (CES):
"Removing market barriers and providing a competitive structure that allows the nation to recognize solar energy's full potential is a top priority for America's solar industry. We've already seen what well-structured clean energy standards have meant in states. They've opened electricity markets to allow for more competition from renewable sources of energy and ultimately drive down the cost of electricity for consumers.
"This success can be replicated at the national level. We applaud Senator Bingaman for taking a leadership role and introducing legislation to establish a national clean energy standard. A national standard that successfully deploys solar energy would diversify our energy portfolio, reduce electricity costs for consumers and create jobs. We look forward to constructively working with policymakers to achieve this worthwhile goal."
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA and its 1,100 member companies are building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. www.seia.org.