Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 3585 - Solar Technology Roadmap Act

Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for
H.R. 3585 - Solar Technology Roadmap Act
(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)
Listed in Alphabetical Order
Oct 20, 2009 3:19PM

Altmire (PA)


Withdrawn Would require that at least one demonstration project be awarded in fiscal year 2011 for the demonstration of organic photovoltaic cell technologies.

Broun (GA)


Would change the number of years for which the Committee is authorized in the bill from five to three. It also would reduce to $250,000,000 the amount authorized in each of the three years, from 2011 to 2013.

Brown-Waite (FL)


Would fund the Solar Technology Roadmap Act through unspent funds authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Cardoza (CA)


Would expand the types of technology the Energy Secretary can consider from "solar thermal electric technology" to "solar thermal power technology." It also would require the Secretary, in carrying out demonstration projects, to include at least 2 solar thermal technology projects, with thermal storage, that generate between 1 and 3 megawatts continuously for a 24-hour period from energy provided entirely by the sun.

Cuellar (TX)


Withdrawn Would require the Secretary to study potential applications of micropower stations using solar power technology in underserved communities lacking in basic electric or traditional power infrastructure and make recommendations to Congress for increasing access to and implementation of solar technology in such communities.

Gordon (TN)


Revised Would ensure that the Solar Technology Roadmap Committee cannot recommend or select specific recipients of funds.

Hare (IL)


Would provide special consideration, in the awarding of grant funding in the bill, to colleges and universities, community colleges, and vocational schools already offering clean energy or green jobs training, certificates, or degrees.

Hare (IL)


Would direct that the Solar Technology Roadmap Committee (established in Sec. 103) shall also move to identify how solar energy can contribute to our nation’s efforts to combat climate change and secure energy independence.

Hastings, Alcee (FL)


Would ensure that a representative from a minority-serving institution is a member of the Solar Technology Roadmap Committee.

Hastings, Alcee (FL)


Withdrawn Would ensure that demonstration project grants authorized under the Act emphasize initiatives that promote accessibility and community implementation of the technology.

Heinrich (NM)


Would require the Solar Technology Roadmap Committee to release a draft Roadmap to the public at least one month prior to publication in order to receive public input.

Himes (CT)


Would clarify that solar thermal technologies and concentrating solar photovoltaic technologies will be included within the scope of the research and development program authorized by the bill.

Hinchey (NY), Israel (NY), Kaptur (OH), Hare (IL), Shea-Porter (NH)


Revised Would require the Roadmap Committee to consider ways to reduce regional disparity in the use of solar technologies. It also would require the Energy Secretary, when appointing members to the Committee, to consider individuals that represent diverse geographic regions of the United States. It would require that demonstration project awards are located in geographically-dispersed regions of the country and not concentrated in any single geographic region of the country.

Holt (NJ)


Would ensure that small businesses are eligible for solar technology research and development grants and provide special consideration for small businesses when considering grants to commercial enterprises.

Holt (NJ)


Would authorize the Secretary of Energy to give grants to universities to study the factors affecting whether consumers choose to adopt and use solar power to help understand how best to encourage the utilization of solar energy.

Israel (NY)


Withdrawn Would require the Roadmap Committee to consult with the Interior Department, National Park Service, Defense Department, and the General Services Administration on the potential for solar demonstration projects on Federal lands.

Jackson-Lee (TX)


Would specify that hospitals, universities, and public safety facilities be included in infrastructure reliability projects.

Jackson-Lee (TX)


Would provide special consideration to Texas and other states with high potential for solar energy production to help businesses affected by the nation's shift from fossil fuel based energy resources to solar and other renewable energy when making awards under the bill.

Kaptur (OH)


Revised Would require the Roadmap Committee to provide recommendations to strengthen the use of research and development strategies in making domestic industry more competitive and to assist the commercialization of solar technologies.

Kildee (MI)


Would instruct the Secretary to give preference to States with the highest unemployment rates when providing awards under the bill.

Klein, Ron (FL)


Would include research on solar energy storage technology as eligible for funding under the Secretary of Energy's research and development program.

Marshall (GA)


Would require the Secretary, when carrying out solar technology demonstration projects, to evaluate the potential to establish large photovoltaic facilities that produce at least 100 gigawatts, including an evaluation of the electrical grid, current, voltage, and energy storage requirements associated with large photovoltaic facilities.

McCarthy, Carolyn (NY)


Would direct solar technology research and development objectives in the bill to include schools and give priority to school projects that implement solar paneling with the intention of cutting energy costs.

Mitchell (AZ)


Withdrawn Would require the Roadmap Committee to establish demonstration goals with recommended timeframes for improving the cost effectiveness and quality control of domestic manufacturing of implements and devices used in the production of solar energy.

Murphy, Christopher (CT)


Withdrawn Would permit research and development into photovoltaics and related electronic components, including inverters, charge controllers, and energy monitors.

Murphy, Scott (NY)


Would require the Solar Technology Roadmap Committee to submit an annual report to the Secretary of Energy and the Congress on its activities over the prior 12-month period.

Polis (CO)


Revised Would include within the Roadmap the development of best practices for Department of Energy National Labs in their collaborations with institutions of higher education and private industry to bring new solar technologies to the marketplace more efficiently and effectively.

Polis (CO)


Would add, within the Photovoltaic Performance Study, an assessment of current consumer solar financing models used to address high upfront costs for the long term economic benefits of solar energy.

Reyes (TX)


Would give additional special consideration, in the awarding of grants specified in the bill, to minority-serving institutions.

Schiff (CA)


Would include federally-funded research and development centers on the list of entities eligible to receive research, development and demonstration awards.

Sestak (PA)


Would add integration of solar thermal electric technology with existing fossil fuel fired power generation plants as a program covered by the bill.

Shea-Porter (NH)


Would add a preference within the bill for veteran-owned businesses.

Teague (NM)


Withdrawn Would include U.S. military installations as potential recipients of research, development, and demonstration awards. It also would require that the Secretary make at least one demonstration project award to a solar energy project at a U.S. military installation or with a U.S. military installation as a partner.

Teague (NM)


Withdrawn Would require the Roadmap Committee to consider technologies used to condition solar energy, including inverters, DC/DC converters, and battery chargers, when determining how and when to integrate solar energy into the electricity grid.

Thompson, Mike (CA)


Withdrawn Would establish a pilot program within the Department of Energy to create grants for projects to protect against solar technology equipment theft, including projects for mapping large-scale solar projects and equipment serial number registries. The Secretary shall report to Congress on the effectiveness of projects supported under this provision.

Titus (NV), Teague (NM), Cohen (TN)


Would include the development of solar technology products that are water efficient as a focus of the bill.

Weiner (NY)


Revised Would provide demonstration awards for projects (1) that provide for demonstration of smart metering applications that advance innovative, cost-effective community or virtual net metering investment models that expand solar access to a wider market, and (2) that seek to quantify the full value of photovoltaic power generation in urban load pocket areas.

Welch (VT)


Withdrawn Would provide that grant awards could be used for the operation of the project for 3 years using a monitoring methodology approved by the Secretary.