Sen.Bernie Sanders(I-VT), chairman of the Senate’s green jobs subcommittee, introduced legislation with nine cosponsors to encourage the installation of 10 million solar systems on the rooftops of homes and businesses over the next decade, according toRenewableEnergyWorld.com.
The 10 Million
Solar Roofs and 10 Million Gallons of Solar Water Heating Bill of 2010 proposes
to authorize rebates which, along with other incentives, would cover up to half
the cost of the 10 million solar power systems and 200,000 water heating
systems. Nonprofit groups and state and local governments also would be
“At a time when
we spend $350 billion importing oil from Saudi Arabia and other countries every
year, the United States must move away from foreign oil to energy
independence,” Sanders said. “A dramatic expansion of solar power is a clean
and economical way to help break our dependence on foreign oil, reduce
greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, improve our geopolitical
position and create good-paying green jobs.”
reported the Obama administration has requested $2.4 billion for energy
efficiency and renewable energy programs in the 2011 budget. The requested 5
percent boost overall includes a 22 percent increase for solar power.
legislation’s cosponsors include Environment and Public Works Committee
ChairmanBarbara Boxer(D-CA) and Sens.Patrick Leahy(D-VT),Frank
Menendez(D-NJ),Sheldon Whitehouse(D-RI),Ben Cardin(D-MD), Jeff
Merkley (D-OR),Kirsten Gillibrand(D-NY) and Sen.Arlen Specter(D-PA).