"Analysis: U.S. Solar Industry Wants Grant Program Extended"

"A federal grant program aimed at spurring investment in the U.S. solar industry expires at the end of this year, and its supporters are scrambling to get it extended in the lame-duck session of Congress that started this week.

Prospects for renewal dim considerably come January when a new Congress takes over, with a Republican-controlled House of Representatives and a shrunken Democratic majority in the Senate. Many Republicans want to reverse the Obama administration's U.S. energy policy of focusing on renewable energy sources like solar and wind power.

The solar grant program is set to expire at the end of next month, but the White House wants Congress to keep it around longer."

Sarah McBride and Tom Doggett report for Reuters November 17, 2010.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010