Friday, December 09, 2011

Solar Power = a little Sunlight plus a LOT of Taxpayer Money

Everybody, including the Tennessee solar "industry," has got somebody who will create a report telling us why it's just peachy keen to give them more taxpayer money. We will, the reports say, get gazillions in benefits for every dollar of taxpayer money.

Most of the sector’s needs can be met by existing state programs, Sanseverino said. But others called for more public support, such as tax credits for companies that purchase and install solar panels and a greater push to make Tennessee a center of innovation for the industry.

“We can turn Tennessee into the high-tech solar state,” said Dean Solon, president and chief executive of Shoals Technologies Group, a solar components maker in Portland. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be California.”