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Andrew T. Gillies is Director of Communications at the Center for Audit Quality, an affiliate of the American Institute of CPAs, in Washington, DC. Based in Washington since 2002, he has also worked in editorial and communications roles at the Investment Company Institute, the World Bank, Forbes, and Vault.com. His policy-themed writing has focused on aerospace and defense, energy and environment, transportation, and financial services.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Solar Entrepreneur To Feds: Step It Up

At the upcoming U.S. political conventions, it's a safe bet you'll hear more than a little bluster from Democratic and Republican parties about the need for federal "investment"--don't call it a subsidy--in renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind and so on.

A lot of hot air? It won't be for Frank van Mierlo, co-founder and president of Lexington, Mass.-based 1366 Technologies. The young company has raised $12.4 million in venture money in support of its mission to make solar power cost-competitive with coal by 2012.

Key to that mission: a more vigorous role for the U.S. government. "There is no way that we can change the energy resources in our society without real leadership from the government," says van Mierlo. "The current administration, it's sad to say, has not provided that leadership."

Full story at Forbes.com