We just received the following message from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and we want to pass it along:
“You have undoubtedly seen the news that Solyndra, a domestic solar panel manufacturer that received a Department of Energy (DOE) loan guarantee, recently filed for bankruptcy.
This is not indicative of what’s happening with solar, and it is disturbing that some politicians and pundits are using this unfortunate situation as an excuse to heap unwarranted criticism on solar.
In the past few days, you have probably heard wild inaccuracies and blatant misstatements about solar energy’s promise and the state of the solar industry.
SEIA is fighting back and is utilizing a variety of resources to actively combat these falsehoods. Solar is the cleanest, safest way to power our homes and communities, and we have a great story to tell. But we have to get this news out.
That is why I am reaching out to you. We need your help in spreading the word about the positive story of solar energy.
Here are the facts about solar:
- The solar industry employs more than 100,000 Americans, more than twice as many as in 2009. They work at more than 5,000 companies, the vast majority being small businesses, in all 50 states.
- The U.S. solar industry grew by 69% in the past year, making it one of the fastest growing sectors in the U.S. economy.
- Since the beginning of 2010, the price of solar panels has dropped by 30%, and costs continue to fall making solar an even more viable choice for residential and business customers.
- The U.S. was a net exporter of solar products in 2010 by $2 billion. We were even a net exporter to China.
- Solar power in the U.S. now exceeds 3,100 megawatts (MW), enough to power more than 630,000 homes.
- Continued industry growth enhances our energy security and diversifies our domestic energy portfolio.
Please help us make sure that our friends and allies are armed with the facts. Take a moment to forward this message to your colleagues and friends and help us tell the real story of solar energy in America.” Yours,
Manning Feraci, SEIA