76th Annual  Meeting
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
76th Annual Meeting
June 20-24, 2008



WHEREAS, the U.S. Conference of Mayors has passed several resolutions calling on all levels of government to pursue environmentally sustainable municipal practices; and

WHEREAS, solar energy and other sustainable practices will support growth in all sectors of our economy; and

WHEREAS, the Solar America Initiative is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) effort to make solar energy cost-competitive with conventional forms of energy by 2015; and

WHEREAS, the strategy pursues complementary activities in research and development (R&D) and in market transformation; and

WHEREAS, the goals are to reduce costs through R&D and to eliminate market barriers through deployment; and

WHEREAS, the Solar America Initiative has named 25 U.S. cities as Solar America Cities to recognize partners highly committed to solar technology adoption at the local level; and

WHEREAS, the awards are intended to accelerate solar adoption in cities—our nation’s electricity load centers—by supporting cities’ innovative efforts with financial and technical assistance; and

WHEREAS, the cities selected are prepared to take a comprehensive, city-wide approach to solar technology that facilitates its mainstream adoption of photovoltaics and concentrating solar power (both produce solar electricity) as well as solar water and air heating; and

WHEREAS, Solar America Cities will lead in the development of a comprehensive city-government approach to solar implementation involving key stakeholders, utilities, and private partners, a widespread increase in solar power use, large-scale solar installations, a reduction in market barriers through activities such as streamlining solar-friendly permitting and zoning, creation of city-level solar incentives (e.g., solar rebates, financial assistance, tax credits, property tax abatements, and/or tax incentives to solar manufacturers that locate in the city), an increase in public awareness through promotions and citywide education, inclusion of renewable energy curriculum material in public schools, and integration of solar energy into city planning and emergency preparedness plans (e.g., schools as shelters or natural disaster relief),

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the USCM calls upon the Congress to adequately fund the programs related to the U.S. Department of Energy’s, Solar America Initiative and its Solar America Cities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the United States Conference of Mayors calls upon the Congress to extend the Solar Investment Tax Credit.