Pledging
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  • GEOTHERMAL POWER
  • WIND POWER
  • SOLAR POWER
Winning Issue » SOLAR POWER


Since 2010, the cost of solar panels has dropped by 50% and this downward trend is expected to continue. Advances in technology are also expected to greatly increase solar panel efficiency. The cost of installing a residential solar system has decreased more than 20% during this time and is now about $4.90/watt. The cost of installing a utility-scale solar system has dropped nearly 46% to $2.60/watt. Coal power plants and large wind turbines produce electricity for installation costs of about $2.10/watt and $2.00/watt respectively. The construction costs for natural gas-fired power plants are around $1.00/watt. Broad estimates of the cost of generating electricity by nuclear power plants range from $4.00 to $10.00 per watt. The total cost of an average residential solar system is now about $30,000. Creative financing, leasing and government subsidies have also contributed to industry growth which is nearly doubling each year. Doubters claim it will take decades for solar power to compete with conventional power plants. However, supporters say the output of large solar farms now being constructed rival that of small nuclear power plants -which create waste, are dangerous, and are much more expensive and time consuming to build. Despite the limitations of night and weather, supporters say there is a significant place for solar power in today’s energy market, and that place is growing.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.2663 - Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2015



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current solar energy policy and wish to defeat H.R.2663 - Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support requiring the Secretary of Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a wind, solar and geothermal leasing pilot program under which lease sales are conducted on covered public lands administered by the Secretary concerned to carry out wind and solar energy projects; requiring the Secretaries to jointly determine as to whether to expand the pilot program to apply to all covered public lands, and wish to pass H.R.2663 - Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Rob Bishop (UT) and/or Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support increasing the quantity of solar photovoltaic electricity and wish to sponsor a bill to provide rebates for the purchase and installation of an additional 10,000,000 photovoltaic systems by 2025, and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support requiring the Secretary of Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a wind, solar and geothermal leasing pilot program under which lease sales are conducted on covered public lands administered by the Secretary concerned to carry out wind and solar energy projects; requiring the Secretaries to jointly determine as to whether to expand the pilot program to apply to all covered public lands, and wish to pass H.R.2663 - Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Rob Bishop (UT) and/or Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Pledge Period - Opening Date
February 20, 2020
Pledge Period - Closing Date
March 4, 2020
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February 27, 2020


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