Solar Industry Responds to White House Efforts to Speed Clean Energy Deployment
Wednesday, Jan 12 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the White House released a fact sheet outlining their clean energy deployment priorities.
Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA):
“We commend President Biden and Vice President Harris for their efforts to speed clean energy deployment, invest in domestic manufacturing, and equitably grow the clean energy economy, all while creating well-paying American jobs across the country.
“The Biden Administration knows that in order to meet their ambitious clean energy goals, solar energy must grow four times faster than it is growing today, and that means focusing on deployment.
“Over the past year the administration has made substantial investments in clean energy deployment and enacted the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which contained numerous provisions to modernize our grid and invest in transmission infrastructure. We’re pleased to see that the administration is doubling down on these priorities in 2022 and pressing forward on the Build Back Better Act.
“In particular, we’re excited by the administration’s interagency effort to make it easier to review and approve solar projects of all sizes.
“On the utility-scale side, we appreciate the interagency effort to prioritize the review of clean energy projects on public lands. This has long been a priority for the solar industry, and we hope the administration’s efforts will help us reach 25 gigawatts of renewable energy to federal lands by 2025.
“We also appreciate the administration’s continued support for SolarAPP+, a game-changing online tool that can expand solar accessibility by reducing residential solar permitting times from several weeks to just one day. Soft costs remain a persistent barrier to residential solar adoption, and SEIA helped create this tool so that all families can quickly and easily go solar.
“SEIA is proud to support the administration’s efforts to deploy affordable clean energy and will continue to work alongside its members and partners to help make this vision a reality.”
The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA) is leading the transformation to a clean energy economy, creating the framework for solar to achieve 20% of U.S. electricity generation by 2030. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies and other strategic partners to fight for policies that create jobs in every community and shape fair market rules that promote competition and the growth of reliable, low-cost solar power. Founded in 1974, SEIA is the national trade association for the solar and solar + storage industries, building a comprehensive vision for the Solar+ Decade through research, education and advocacy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org and follow @SEIA on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Jen Bristol, SEIA's Director of Communications, [email protected] (202) 556-2886