Obama speaks at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada regarding the power of solar

September 1, 2015

On Monday, August 24, 2015, President Obama came to Nevada to speak] at the eighth annual National Clean Energy Summit, co-sponsored by Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the Center for American Progress, and representatives of Nevada’s universities and industry.

According to the Washington Post, “appearing at the Clean Energy Summit event has become a political must for members of the Democratic establishment, and those who have made common cause with Democratic elected officials. Past speakers have included Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bill Clinton (twice), Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Bloomberg.” The political necessity of attending the event is a testament to the growing power of the solar industry. “Solar’s growth rate has been astronomical lately — net electricity generated from solar power in the United States more than doubled from 2013 to 2014, from 9,036 thousand megawatt hours to 18,321, according to the Energy Information Administration.”

Also reporting from the Summit, the Las Vegas Sun wrote that the president “announced that he would create programs to provide no-money-down solar panels to consumers nationwide. Obama’s speech comes amid ongoing controversy over solar power in the state of Nevada. Mandalay Bay, where the president spoke, is currently attempting to leave NV Energy and produce its own power, a move that could subject it to at least $88 million in exit fees. The roof of the hotel’s convention center is home to one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in the world…

Obama said that the nation as a whole was in the middle of a large-scale transition towards new forms of energy production. ‘Clean power from the sun is cheaper than conventional power from the utility,’ he said. ‘It is impossible to overstate what this means. For decades we’ve been told that it’s not possible to switch to renewable energy. Today that is no longer true.'”

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