July 25, 2009

Ah Government efficiency

And just think they want to control your health care, hope you don't need kidney dialysis

FROM-Jacksonville Business Journal

Jacksonville's solar stimulus funding cloudy

The Northeast Florida solar industry is still waiting for the federal government to flip the switch on promised incentives and loans for $3 billion worth of work nationwide.

The 30 percent cash incentive for renewable energy projects and loan guarantees for such projects and manufacturing are part of the alternative-energy-focused $787 billion stimulus package. The $3 billion is expected to support about 5,000 renewable energy projects nationwide.

But as some smaller solar companies begin to wither due to the recession, the government has yet to accept applications for the incentives and loans. The main reason for the holdup is that the agency in charge of distributing the money, the U.S. Department of Energy, is overburdened, said David Mann, a legislative assistant at Holland & Knight LLC’s public policy and regulation group.

“In terms of the solar push, it’s like nothing has happened,” said Energy Labs Inc. CEO Mike Newman. “There have been a couple of jobs created from the push to get solar on military installations, such as [Naval Air Station Jacksonville], but that is a one-hit wonder.”


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