Solar Industry Shines Despite Minimal Support

Joanna Schroeder

solarpowergenconflogoThere are three major hurdles facing the solar industry today: lack of long-term uninterrupted government support, lack of government and private investment capital and difficulty with project permitting. People interested in the solar industry can learn how to clear these hurdles by attending the Solar Power Generation USA conference, being held in Las Vegas, Nevada January 20-21, 2010.

“The solar industry in the United States has faced numerous tectonic shifts in support of solar energy. Today, the shift is in favor of the solar industry moved by the need for the country to find ways to reduce its dependence on fossil fuel based energy sources,” said Sarah Ellis, Managing Director, Green Power Conferences. “With this new fast-paced movement, companies must learn how to capitalize on the opportunities in front of them.”

The goal of this conference is to help companies develop successful utility scale solar projects. One area in particular that companies struggle with is understanding the key environmental, land use and permitting issues.

With the recent influx of funds, The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has received a large number of proposed applications for renewable energy projects. “We have responded by partnering with the Department of Energy on the Solar PEIS, by working through the Federal budget cycle to fund Renewable Energy Coordination Offices and renewable energy related positions, and by developing a coordinated, focused effort to move projects through the environmental review and permitting process more quickly but without taking shortcuts,” said Mike Nedd, Assistant Director – Minerals and Realty Management with the BLM.

Nedd is just one of dozens of insightful speakers scheduled. For a full list of speakers and to register, visit Enter code 4RC-201 for 20 percent off the current registration rate.

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