The Obama administration on Aug. 14 announced a new program to award $2.3 billion in tax credits to manufacturers of advanced energy equipment. Authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the program will allow manufacturers to reduce their taxes by 30% of the amount they invest in establishing, expanding or retooling manufacturing facilities for equipment for solar, wind and other renewable energy sources. The credit also will be available to manufacturers of equipment to capture and sequester carbon. The administration says the program will help encourage innovation in design of clean energy technologies and create green jobs. Denise Bode,
Despite a faltering international market, 2015 and the beginning of 2016 are proving to be strong years for U.S. contractors, with steady domestic growth and only moderate strain from workforce shortages.