Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (8th District of Illinois)
December 21, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Congressman Ralph Norman, co-chairs of the Bipartisan Congressional Solar Caucus, applauded the inclusion of clean energy and solar provisions in the end of the year omnibus spending bill. Not only do these provisions endorse a switch towards reducing emissions, but they support the 3.3 million Americans employed in the clean energy sector.
“Solar energy has been the bellwether for the clean energy industry, and it’s critical that we continue to work towards growing the middle class, securing energy independence and lowering our carbon emissions,” said Congressman Krishnamoorthi and Congressman Norman.
This critical package includes the reauthorization of the Department of Energy’s solar energy research and development activities, including research on photovoltaic, heating and cooling, and concentrating solar energy systems, grid integration, and photovoltaic recycling. In addition, the package would establish a solar energy technology materials database and an advanced solar manufacturing initiative to enhance domestic manufacturing capabilities. Correspondingly, it improves interagency cooperation for permits on federal land and keeps costs competitive for solar, wind, and geothermal permits on federal land. Lastly, it contains the Department of Energy Veterans’ Health Initiative Act, authored by co-chair Rep. Norman, which authorizes a research partnership between the Department of Energy and the Department of Veterans Affairs to solve the big data challenges to veterans’ health care and basic science.
The bipartisan omnibus provides essential measures needed to improve clean energy technologies, such as solar, to expand access and affordability for all Americans. Growing our economy and reducing our emissions are not competing interests. Together, these two interests can work as one to build a stronger and more resilient economy for the 21st century.