The Latest on the lawsuit against the federal government’s solar panel program
Houston-based solar energy company, Grameen Solar Energy, has sued the Department of Energy for millions of dollars to cover costs for solar energy installations that are “far more expensive than the technology available today.”
The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Houston, claims the DOE failed to adequately warn about the potential for climate change.
In an emailed statement to the Washington Times, Grimeen’s CEO and co-founder, James W. Brackett, said the lawsuit is “an attempt to take advantage of the political system to undermine the renewable energy revolution.”
The suit, filed in U: District Court for the Southern District of Texas, also says the DOE “failed to take timely steps to protect the public and private interests of American citizens” by failing to develop a cost-benefit analysis.
“It’s clear that the DOE has been aware of the risks of the solar energy industry since its inception and that the federal solar program is a far less cost-effective technology than the technologies available today,” Bracketts said.
“The DOE failed in its duty to act promptly in order to protect American taxpayers.”
According to a May report from The Energy Information Administration, solar energy costs have been rising steadily since 2009.
The report shows that over the past decade, costs have risen by more than 6 percent.
The DOE’s own research showed that the cost of solar energy was $1,068 per kilowatt-hour of electricity produced in 2014, compared with $2,400 per kiloWatt in 2012.
The cost of a residential rooftop solar system, which costs $1 per watt, was $13,837 in 2014.
The average residential rooftop system in the U.A.E. was $3,819, the report found.
Brackingett said the $1 billion in damages will go to solar installers.
“This is a lawsuit about the costs of the UAW solar workers,” Brackingetts said in an email.
“We have been working to address the concerns of our members and customers for over a year now and we will continue to do so.”