Obama Pumps $2 Billion Into Solar Efforts
Posted on Jul 3, 2010
President Obama announced the award of nearly $2 billion in economic stimulus funds for new solar plants, saying it will create thousands of jobs and boost the use of renewable energy. The announcement came just a day after a gloomy June employment report. —JCL
President Barack Obama announced Saturday the awarding of nearly $2 billion for new solar plants that he said will create thousands of jobs and increase the country’s use of renewable energy sources.
Obama disclosed the funding in his weekly radio and online address, saying it is part of his plan to bring new industries to the U.S.
“We’re going to keep competing aggressively to make sure the jobs and industries of the future are taking root right here in America,” Obama said.
The two companies that will receive the funds from the president’s $862 billion economic stimulus are Abengoa Solar, which will build one of the world’s largest solar plants in Arizona, creating 1,600 construction jobs; and Abound Solar Manufacturing, which is building plants in Colorado and Indiana. The Obama administration says those projects will create more than 2,000 construction jobs and 1,500 permanent jobs.
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Solar arrays like this one can also help wean the country off that nasty black stuff that is laying waste to the Gulf of Mexico.