Congressional Solar Caucus Co-Chair Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi Applauds Increase in Funding to Solar Energy Research and Development
WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, Congress passed bipartisan legislation to fund Energy and Water Development programs through FY2019. Among several important provisions, this legislation increases funding for the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) by 2.5% to $2.38 billion, and boosts funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) office by 3.7% to $366 million. In addition, this bill established the Solar Ready Vets Program, which prepares our nation’s skilled veterans for high-paying careers in the solar industry.
Congressman Krishnamoorthi, founder of the Congressional Solar Caucus and member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, issued the following statement:
“Despite the current Administration’s initial request to slash funding to solar energy research and development, we fought hard and reached a bipartisan agreement that preserves and expands these strategic programs. That’s because the benefits of going solar are clear: in 2018 alone, EERE and ARPA-E programs supported over 3.2 million clean energy jobs across America. Investing in solar research and technology strengthens environmental sustainability, job creation, and economic expansion in every region of the country, and I will continue to support responsible funding to dynamic programs that accomplish these goals.”