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SEIA Applauds National Commitment to Increase Solar Access for all Americans

Tuesday, Nov 17 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) applauded the commitments made today at the White House National Community Solar Summit to increase access to solar energy for all Americans.  Following this morning's announcement by White House officials and Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch issued the following statement: 

"We are pleased to see the commitment that these companies and organizations have shown in investing in community solar projects and SEIA, along with a number of SEIA members, are proud to be among the 68 partners that have pledged to increase community solar development. This is an area of dramatic growth for our country and the commitment of more than $545 million in investment in 21 states provides a great jumpstart to scale up solar for the more than 20,000 low- and moderate income households that can now take advantage of the opportunity. It proves the model for successful deployment of solar across a range of diverse neighborhoods. There is no doubt that community solar can help the U.S. transition to cleaner sources of energy and it can create jobs and economic activity in communities that have the most to gain from robust solar development. The fact that low and medium income households can participate in our nation’s clean energy revolution, and lead the way in improving their communities, is a giant step in the right direction and we applaud the administration for its leadership in this area."

Solar is the fastest-growing source of energy in America today, employing 174,000 Americans - more than Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter combined. 

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About SEIA®:

Celebrating its 41st anniversary in 2015, 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.

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Alex Hobson, SEIA Press Officer & Communications Manager, ahobson@seia.org (202) 556-2886