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Gabrielle Giffords’ Strong Solar Stance

Gabrielle Giffords’ Strong Solar Stance

Fortunately U.S. Congressional Representative Giffords has so far shown hopeful signs in her recovery from the recent horrific attack in Arizona. Nationally she has been the centerpiece of many news stories; however many stories have not delved into her contributions to Arizona, and her work with new solar technology.

In 2007, Giffords started the first Solar Power conference, and series of educational events for the public called Solar 101. About forty such events have taken place to teach Arizona residents about the benefits of solar technology, both environmentally and economically.

Giffords’ commitment to solar power has contributed to a large growth in solar panel installations in her home state. “When it comes to solar, Tucson and Southern Arizona get it. The past 12 to 18 months have seen a phenomenal jump in the number of solar panels installed here and the amount of energy that we are producing locally, from the sun, not from unsustainable, imported sources.” (Source: Tucson Sentinel)

Giffords does more than promote the energy; she had nine solar panels installed on the roof of her Tucson home. “My passion is solar energy” she said in 2008 at a forum on technology at Pima Community College. (Source: Computerworld.com) Representative Giffords has been described as a “…key supporter as SEIA pushed for the eight-year extension of the solar investment tax credit and the recent one-year extension of the Treasury Grant Program,” said Solar Energy Industry Association CEO Rhone Resch (Source: solarindustrymag.com)

Giffords introduced the Solar Roadmap Act in Congress in 2009. At that time she said, “The roadmap would be required to identify short-, medium- and long-term goals and make recommendations for how to channel research and development resources to meet those goals. It will make the Department of Energy more responsive to our solar industry’s needs and encourage increased collaboration and communication across technologies with well-vetted strategies.” (Source: giffords.house.gov)

The Solar Roadmap Act passed in the House of Representatives, but has not gone further in the legislative process yet, though it could be reintroduced. The Solar Schools Act is another piece of legislation she introduced in Congress. It intends to make solar technology more affordable for schools.

Image Credit: Giffords.house.gov

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8:43AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

I wish Gabby Giffords a speedy recovery so she can come back and do what our representatives are supposed to do for us. She is a great lady and I wish her all the best!!

1:39AM PST on Nov 16, 2011

I'm glad she has recovered.

9:35PM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

Thank you for the info.

10:32AM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

Thank you.

5:13PM PST on Feb 19, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:08PM PST on Jan 18, 2011

it is time for me to replace my roof on my home I would also like to add solar at the same time.

11:45PM PST on Jan 16, 2011

A great lady with great mission. I wish her the best recovery.

8:14PM PST on Jan 16, 2011

Good to know some of the things she stands for.

6:40PM PST on Jan 16, 2011

I wish her the best recovery. We need politicans like her to help enforce change.

6:24PM PST on Jan 16, 2011

A beautiful and great lady, and what I wish we could see in all our government positions. Just imagine what our country would be like if there were more like her! Please Gabby, know we are sending you love and hope...

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