Sending Office: Honorable Jeff Fortenberry
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Support Solar Energy Innovation

Bipartisan Effort to Reauthorize DOE’s Solar Energy Research Program

Current Cosponsors: Mr. McAdams (D-UT) and Mr. Fortenberry (R-NE)

Endorsing Organizations: Solar Energy Industries Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Environmental Defense Fund.


Dear Colleague,

Please join us as a cosponsor of H.R. 3597, the Solar Energy Research and Development Act of 2019. This bill will help ensure that the Department of Energy (DOE) has the guidance and vision it needs to accelerate the next generation of solar
energy technologies.

Sustained DOE research has already led to improved efficiencies and considerable price declines for solar energy. Nationwide, the solar industry employs more than 240,000 people and supplies 1.6% of all U.S. electricity generation. In Utah alone, solar powers
nearly 320,000 families and is home to 142 solar companies, employing over 6,000 people.   In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, solar photovoltaic installers are now the fastest growing job in the country.  Also, Nebraska has been ranked as
13th in the nation for greatest energy potential for solar power.  

The Solar Energy Research and Development Act of 2019 builds upon this incredible growth by reauthorizing DOE’s solar energy research and development program for five years and directing the Secretary of Energy to:

  • improve solar energy technologies’ capacity, efficiency, manufacturing, operation, reliability, and affordability;
  • conduct demonstration projects to test and validate emerging solar technologies;
  • reduce barriers to increased deployment of solar energy, including grid integration and wildlife impacts;
  • create a solar technology manufacturing initiative to develop a plan to re-establish a U.S. solar manufacturing base;
  • provide DOE technical assistance to expand communities’ access to solar energy; and
  • ensure solar technologies’ recycling and sustainability.

This critical legislation advances solar energy technologies that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, generate more affordable energy, and support high-quality American jobs.

If you have any questions or wish to cosponsor, please contact Brennen Cain ( in Rep. McAdams’ office or Alan Feyerherm (
in Rep. Fortenberry’s office.  



Ben McAdams (D-UT)                                   Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)                                

Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress             

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