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Business for Democracy and ASBC Lead Effort to Overturn Citizens United v. FEC

The Business for Democracy Campaign, which the American Sustainable Business Council is spearheading in partnership with Free Speech for People is tackling the compelling issue of corporate contributions to political campaigns.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision on January 21, 2010 allows corporations to spend unlimited funds to support or oppose candidates for political office, overturning campaign finance laws in place for decades. The Business for Democracy campaign is an initiative of business leaders and their companies who believe this ruling is in direct conflict with American democratic principles and a serious threat to good government. The campaign supports the four members of the Supreme Court and the 80 percent of Americans who disagree with the decision (Washington Post poll, Feb. 17, 2010).

If you'd like your business to join this effort, you can sign the statement of support here or here.

The Solar South Africa survey: the results are in!

Over the past two weeks, professionals active in the South African solar market have been confidentially giving their feedback on the REIPPP. How successful has it been? What challenges still remain? What is the confidence in the future of the program?

The results have been collated and have been released today. To read the full survey please click here. Responses to the questions in the survey will be expanded upon by the Ministry of Energy, ESKOM, NERSA, developers and investors at Solar South Africa 2012, which is taking place next week in Johannesburg.

To register please contact Samantha Coleman:
T +44 (0) 20 7099 0600
E [email protected]
Alternatively, click here to register online.

Sent out to 35,000 solar professionals in the South African solar and renewable energy finance markets, we had an overwhelming response rate. We would like to say a big thank you to all those that took time to complete the survey and we are pleased to share the responses with you.

All who completed the survey felt that the REIPPP had made a positive start to the development of the industry although opinion was equally divided on whether it would achieve its goals. Half thought it was well on track whilst the other half felt there were still improvements to be made before the goals outlined will be achieved.

Since its launch, various criticisms have been directed at the REIPP programme; from achieving the right level of local content to completing the bid within a particular time frame. Somewhat unsurprisingly then, given its percentage rise to over 40% in the programme criteria, achieving local content requirements is currently seen as the most difficult part of the bid process. Similarly, given the lack of established industry and investor confidence to match, accessing finance has also proven a complex and difficult aspect.

Respondents were asked what they saw as the most significant challenge when considering if a project should be financed. Overwhelmingly risk evaluation stood out as the key concern. How investors perceive risk and what projects will receive funding will be a central topic at the Solar South Africa congress and will be discussed in detail as part of the post event Finance day workshop.

To read the full report findings for free visit the website: www.greenpowerconferences.com/solarsouthafrica

Solar South Africa is now only 1 week away. Book now and join policy makers, developers, investors and many more at this crucial event to discuss the future of the South African solar industry.

We look forward to meeting you in Johannesburg

Kind regards

Harriet

Harriet O’Brien
Director of Solar South Africa 2012
[email protected]

Some of the testimonials from the 2011 conference include:

Very good; well organised with a focussed approach to Solar Energy”
Charles Wiggill, South Africa Representative, PV Line Germany

“Excellent; absolutely essential if you are in the PV industry in South Africa” Mark Bleloch, Director, SunSpot SA

“Good; the Conference was well organised and attended”
Khanyiso Zihlangu, Deputy Director, Department of Energy

“This is an excellent opportunity to interact with the complete spectrum of those involved in the solar industry across South Africa”
Colin Turner, Managing Director, greenTEK ventures

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