Report shows solar gets no special treatment
Especially since the collapse of solar manufacturer Solyndra, some politicians have railed against support for the renewable electricity sector in general and solar energy in specific.
But, according to Reuters, a new report from the University of Tennessee's Baker Center for Public Policy suggests that solar power has not gotten any particularly special treatment.
While many Americans have received significant incentives to add solar power installations, these subsidies are actually very similar to policies adopted to help push older energy sources when they were first introduced, including all the current major sources like coal, oil, gas and nuclear power.
"Solar is not different (from other energy sources) and is not an anomaly. Those long term instruments are needed in order to get any energy source up to full maturity," Tom Kimbis, vice president of Solar Energy Industries Association, which commissioned the report, told Reuters. "What's missing has been a fair and balanced analysis of what incentives other energy sources receive. It seems solar is being called out because the failure of one company."
Solar power still accounts for less than 1 percent of all energy in the country, but renewable electricity is playing an increasingly important part in the country's energy mixture in part thanks to important subsidies.