SEMI Forms United States PV Public Policy Working Group


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SEMI Forms United States PV Public Policy Working Group

Working in solar and interested in getting involved in Washington? SEMI recently created a new working group to address public policy issues related to solar energy in the United States. The U.S. PV Public Policy Working Group consists of SEMI member companies located in the United States with a stake in solar energy.

Working group members will provide input to SEMI and assist in lobbying efforts. During the kick-off meeting, the working group stressed the need for the solar energy investment tax credit (ITC) to be extended and agreed that this would be the top priority. The 8-year extension of the solar energy ITC— a huge win for the solar energy industry— was included in the financial rescue package. With this priority achieved, the working group will identify and focus on other solar energy related public policy issues.

Looking ahead in solar energy, an exciting new development that may lead to additional funding in the economic stimulus bill is that 17 Democratic Members of the House of Representatives have formed a Renewable Energy Working Group. These Members requested a meeting after the election with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) to discuss funding designated to renewable energy and energy efficiency as part of an economic stimulus package. Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) is leading specific PV efforts and Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) is leading the overall renewable energy efforts.

The SEMI U.S. PV Public Policy Working Group is a voluntary group for representatives from SEMI member companies involved in solar energy in the United States. Please contact Ken Schramko at kschramko@semi.org for more information.

This group complements a range of SEMI efforts related to photovoltaics. For more information on other PV activities, please check out the SEMI special interest group dedicated to serving the PV manufacturing supply chain at www.pvgroup.org.

Posted Nov 2, 2008