On May 9, 2014, President Obama announced new executive actions that aim to create jobs and cut carbon pollution through the expanded use of solar power. As part of these initiatives, the President has made a commitment to deploying more than 850 megawatts of solar and investing in various energy efficiency measures. In the long-term, the goal is to build a skilled solar workforce, reduce energy bills for the public, and increase the affordability and accessibility of solar power.
Solar generation has been one the President’s priorities since his first term in office, and U.S. solar generation has grown tenfold since 2009. In April 2014, the White House hosted a Solar Summit, providing an opportunity for leaders in the industry to discuss the economic opportunities that can be found in the sector. President Obama’s commitments built upon some of the insights provided at the summit.
Many cutting-edge solar companies have already capitalized upon the White House’s efforts and are making huge strides under President Obama’s commitments. As one example, Soligent, a leading solar distributor, has committed 400 megawatts of solar energy alongside its dealers, and Stellar Energy has committed 50 megawatts for farmers and agricultural companies as part of the executive action. Furthermore, Soligent has begun its new White Label Solar Program, providing training, financing, equipment, and other critical services to roofers, electricians, contractors, and those in similar trades so that they can better provide renewable products to their customer bases. Soligent’s efforts have been recognized by the White House, and more can be read about their work here.