Every year, The Hill recognizes the top influencers and lobbyists working in Washington, DC. This year, SEIA’s President and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper was named to their Top Lobbyist List, highlighting her visionary leadership and advocacy efforts for the solar industry.
Despite the challenges we’ve faced, I could not be more optimistic about the future of solar in America, and I look forward to making our vision a reality alongside you.
American families, businesses, and communities are all going solar because it saves them money and adds predictability during these difficult times. In addition to generating local tax revenue, solar cuts electricity costs. This can help small businesses stay afloat and can help schools direct funds to teacher salaries and classroom upgrades.
I want to share our vision for the next decade, and more specifically, for our new President-elect. It goes without saying that this is an exciting time to be in the solar industry. We are now 32x bigger than we were a decade ago and this $18 billion industry supports American families in every state. Solar is a job-creating engine with bipartisan support and helps to bring clean, affordable electricity to millions.
You see them zipping around. You may own one or might even be thinking about buying or leasing one, but I am willing to bet even if none of those are true, you are still interested in electric vehicles (EVs). A recent study found that solar owners are 66% more likely to own an electric vehicle. Still, EVs are a small fraction of the number of cars on the road today.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionally affected the finances and health of Hispanic and Latinx Americans, with millions of jobs lost and little economic relief. As the economy recovers from the worst impacts of the pandemic, the U.S. solar industry is poised to help the country rebuild better and create a massive workforce that is diverse, equitable and provides opportunities for all Americans.
Every year, the Energy Network News recognizes emerging leaders and their efforts to build a clean energy economy. This year, SEIA’s own Nakhia Morrissette was named to their 40 Under 40 List, recognizing her accomplishments and outstanding contributions to the solar industry.
Photo Courtesy of PV Evolution Labs You probably heard the arguments why U.S. solar manufacturing can’t compete. Our labor costs are too high. It’s all automated so there aren’t that many jobs anyways. And it’s too late, we can’t catch-up with other countries. But what about the fact that there are already tens of thousands of Americans employed in renewable energy manufacturing; that manufacturing has the highest jobs multiplier of any industry; or that the U.S. has some of the best research laboratories in the world?
Power outages in California underscore the need for more renewable energy, not less.