United Solar's Vice President, Martha Duggan, will join the U.S. government's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee. The role of the newly-formed committee is to advise the Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, on how to develop export markets and increase the competitiveness of America's renewable energy industries.
“I am honored to accept Secretary Locke's invitation to join his committee and I look forward to working with the other committee members to provide input to his plans for programmes and policies that will expand the competitiveness of the U.S. renewable energy industry,” said Duggan. “Having participated in Secretary Locke's clean energy trade mission in China earlier this year, I know firsthand of his commitment to these issues and the fine staff that support this work at the Department of Commerce.
“As one of the long-time leaders in solar research and development, United Solar has helped advance solar energy technology to where it is today. We feel our perspective can be beneficial on a committee advising our government leadership as it further charts the future of renewable energy,” Duggan added.
The committee, which held its inaugural meeting on December 7, 2010, is comprised of 28 experts from all fields in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields sector, whom will all serve a two-year term.
“We will work closely with the committee to help achieve President Obama's goal of making the United States a leader in the global green economy,” Secretary Locke said. “U.S. companies in these critical sectors need to take full advantage of increased export opportunities that will create green jobs for Americans, which are needed to sustain our economic growth.”