Solar Power Boss to Announce "A Solar Bill of Rights"

Mon, 2009-10-26 20:14Kevin Grandia
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Solar Power Boss to Announce "A Solar Bill of Rights"

It has always baffled me as to why the renewable energy industry has never really pushed back on the fossil fuel sector’s major lobby and misinformation efforts; but by the looks of a speech to be delivered tomorrow by the head of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the gloves are finally coming off.

In an advanced copy of his speech (obtained by yours truly) to be given tomorrow morning to the Solar Power International Conference in Anaheim, California, the CEO and President of the SEIA, Rohne Resch will call for a “solar bill of rights.”

All we seek is the freedom to compete, and all consumers want is the freedom to choose their energy source.  Instead, the full promise of solar power is being restrained by the tyranny of policies that protect our competitors, subsidize wealthy polluters and disadvantage green entrepreneurs.

And Americans know better than anyone else in the world that there’s only one way to overcome tyranny—by declaring our rights and fighting for them with a united and determined voice. 

That is why, today, SEIA is asking you to enlist in the fight to secure a policy environment that allows solar to compete and empowers consumers to choose.

So let’s make today solar’s Fourth of July —the day we declare our independence from policies that prevent greater use of solar energy which Americans so urgently need. 

Today, we’re declaring a Solar Bill of Rights.

The clean energy sector fights an unfair battle against the artificially cheap electricity produced from dirty fuels like coal. A recent report by the Environmental Law Institute found that the fossil fuel sector receives about $70 billion fro taxpayers in the form of subsidies every year, the renewable sector gets only about $12 billion.

Next time you hear a coal executive or one of his lobbyist tell you that coal is cheap and solar remains too expensive, remember that renewables have been forced to compete on an unfair playing field. One of the reasons for this unfair playing field has been that the clean energy sector has never been too good at playing hardball, while the coal and oil companies can play Congress with their eyes closed.

It’s good to see Resche and the SEIA stepping up to the plate because as Reshce wil rightly tell the crowd tomorrow, “the solar industry differs from our competitors not in status but in substance.  We are an industry in ascent; they are sectors in decline.  Our source is clean and limitless; theirs are toxic and scarce.”

Photo courtesy of James Jordan.

Previous Comments

Makes me think of the esolar project that got going this year. Concentrated solar is very interesting. Maybe the coal industry should invest in it and buy themselves some brownie points. Coal won’t last forever boys. Might just as well get on the solar train.

Coal was once predicted to be gone by 1980, Rick James. There is plenty of coal left and I guarantee by the time we die everybody is still going to be using it. I wouldn’t mind getting on the solar train but what is the point? Here in America, energy is bad period. The largest solar station in the country was supposed to go up in the Mojavi dessert and the green goofs whacked that project. T.Boone Pickens was gonna build the largest wind farm in the country in Texas and then it was discovered he was really interested in the water underground. Coal is proven, it works and solar is unproven. Rick James, time to get with reality, there is no solar train right now.

Very cool! And no waste from their engines dumped into the harbor either - probably makes them a little less smelly to ride, at that. ;)

Pasang Iklan

solar companies want to have fair competition huh? Let’s define what that means. Currently, fossil fuels are cheaper than solar power because they are easy to use, prevalent and they work. Solar power does not have the flexibility of an energy like oil because the sun goes down at night. Seems to me then, the solar companies want the existing big players to be taxed and fined. It is amazing that they are trying to imply that the current playing field is unfair. Nobody is stopping anyone from going out and building a solar machine or a solar car, the fact is it cannot be done right now.

A friend of mine has adapted his Prius hybrid into a TRIbrid by mounting photo-voltaic cells on the roof. He gets a significant reduction in gas consumption by combining the three.

Fern Mackenzie

I love it when you write in French.

What are you wearing right now?

that’s breaking a rule of some sort Peter. I can sense it. I hereby report you to the keepers of standards around here.

I’ll give Peter the benefit of the doubt & call it “gentle ribbing” – but watch your step!

Yeah, I was just teasing Fern. Seeing as how she seems to be the only female on here.

That’s an unwarranted assumption.


some of these guys aren’t guys.

Which guys, and how do you know this?

Is that you?


(Happy Hallowe’en!)


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