Will the election matter for the solar industry?

By Bill Opalka, Renewablebiz:

The winner of the presidential election on Nov. 6 may not make much difference to the U.S. solar industry because momentum in job growth and project development is mostly promoted at the state level.

That perhaps surprising verdict was given by leader of the solar industry gathered at the Solar Power International being held this week in Orlando. An executive forum was held on Sept. 11, where the world’s largest gathering is sponsored by the Solar Electric Power Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association.

State renewable portfolio standards, job growth at the state and local level, and a more competitive pricing environment were cited as some of the key factors that will drive the industry’s growth, even if Republicans, perceived as anti-renewable energy regain the presidency.

The executives are banking on partisan sniping over renewable energy will dissipate after the election regardless of the outcome… Read more

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