31 Jan '17, 1pm

Closing Sunshot Initiative would be a backwards step for Trump Administration, warns former director

Closing Sunshot Initiative would be a backwards step for Trump Administration, warns former director

President Trump’s administration would be “shooting itself in the foot” if it closed the US department of energy’s Sunshot Initiative, according to the programme’s former director Minh Le. Speaking to PV Tech, Le said the scheme had contributed to building a stable solar industry supporting 375,000 jobs and contributing US$25 billion to the US economy. There is little clarity so far on the details of Trump’s energy plans beyond the expansion of fossil fuel drilling rights and an anticipated rollback of regulations on coal power plants. DoE staff have been barred from communicating with the press or using social media , however, Le, who headed up Sunshot from November 2012 till October 2015 has now left government after a stint in Obama’s budget office. He strongly believes the numbers behind Sunshot make a compelling case for its retention. “I don’t think anyone who looks ...

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