Last month the Solar Energy Industries Association created the Million Solar Strong campaign to recognize that the U.S. had reached more than 1 million solar installations—and that it’s likely to double that to 2 million in the next years! Now two Senators, Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources have introduced a resolution in support of the milestone and the next major goal for solar power.
"Reaching one million solar installations across the country is an incredible milestone, and I can't wait to see what the next couple years will bring," Heinrich said."Families with solar panels on their rooftops--including mine--know firsthand how solar can reduce energy costs at home. Promoting cleaner sources of renewable energy helps consumers save money, cuts carbon pollution, diversifies our economy, and creates high quality jobs at the same time. New Mexico, with its abundant solar resources, can and should be at the epicenter of America's clean energy economy. I will continue to work every day to ensure this becomes a reality.”
The resolution recognizes the contributions solar power is making in terms of renewable energy. It also recognizes the high numbers of jobs the solar industry creates. “The industry provides employment opportunities for more than 208,000 solar workers in all 50 states and creates jobs at a rate 12 times higher than the rate of employment growth in the overall economy,” the Senators said in a release.
"Solar energy not only powers our homes and businesses, but also our economy,” said Sen. Gardner. “In Colorado, over 400 companies, which are responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in investments, contribute to the solar industry and employ thousands of Coloradans. I will continue to champion policies that strengthen our economy, create jobs, and move our country towards energy independence."
“We applaud Sens. Heinrich and Gardner for their leadership in accelerating our nation’s adoption of solar. As this resolution astutely points out, America just celebrated a major milestone,” said SIEA President Rhone Resch. “It is my hope that Congress continues to seize upon this vast potential, eventually instituting a solar caucus dedicated to the goals this congressional resolution spells out.”Tweet