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Senators Introduce Bill to Promote the Installation of Solar Panels on  Roofs (June 6, 2011) –

posted Jun 13, 2011, 10:18 AM by James Hodina
Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), John Boozman (RAR) and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) introduced legislation to promote the installation of solar roofs on homes and businesses.  The goal of the 
legislation is to have 10 million solar systems installed by 2020.  The bill would provide grants to communities to help them make their solar energy permitting process less costly and more efficient and would recognize and reward communities that have adopted common policies on solar permits.  To implement the grant program, the bill provides that the Secretary of Energy may use for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2016 $50 million of the funds authorized to be appropriated under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.  Senators Sanders and Boozman are the Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New  Economy, and Senator Bingaman is the Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.   [For further information:]