Today, Congressman Sires, with colleagues in the House and Senate, introduced legislation to incentivize the adoption of solar technology. The title of the bill is 10 Million Solar Roofs and 10 Million Gallons of Solar Water Heating Act of 2010.
"New Jersey has taken a leadership role in solar energy technology --- we are second in the nation in producing solar energy and have the second highest number of solar installations," said Congressman Sires. "As America faces challenges such as unemployment and rising energy costs, this legislation will create jobs, reduce electricity bills, and decrease harmful environmental pollutants."
The 10 Million Solar Roofs and 10 Million Gallons of Solar Water Heating Act of 2010 would provide rebates for the installation of solar photovoltaic and solar water heating systems to both individuals and businesses. Under this program, by 2019, 10 million rooftops across the nation would be outfitted with photovoltaic panels to increase the capacity of solar heated water systems by 10 million gallons. This bill is estimated to create 1,350,000 direct and indirect jobs over the next ten years.
This bill has been referred to the appropriate Committees of jurisdiction.