The green-power industry, one of the most lucrative industries in the country, has been under siege since a court order issued by a federal judge in Florida shut down a solar energy plant owned by two of the nation’s biggest energy companies.
The two companies, SolarCity and Exelon, say they’re ready to reopen their plants and provide electricity to the people of Florida and across the country.
But a key part of their business depends on maintaining a legal facade, and a new report says the green energy industry needs to become more transparent to its stakeholders.
The report from the National Association of Manufacturers, the country’s largest trade association, warns that the industry has become a “frozen industry” that cannot be truly reformed without a comprehensive regulatory overhaul.
The study, commissioned by the industry and released Thursday, is part of a larger effort by the trade group to improve transparency in the green power sector, which employs about 17 million people.
The industry has a number of legal fronts that make it hard to change, said Michael E. Smith, president of the trade association.
“It’s just a really difficult process,” he said.
“I think the industry would like to be more transparent.”
The report, which is based on more than 200 interviews and interviews with nearly 100 former and current solar and wind workers, focuses on a number issues, including the structure of the solar industry and its financial performance.
The main driver of the industry’s financial woes, the report finds, is a complicated system of federal subsidies, the use of tax credits to finance solar projects and the use in the energy supply of “de-regulation” policies that help the industry get out of debt.
The government’s goal in all of these areas is to keep costs down and keep costs high.
The incentives for solar and other energy sources are not being effectively used, the authors found.
Some companies that are profitable at present may not survive for many decades.
“In general, the green electricity industry is an example of the type of complex, difficult-to-reform energy sector that can’t be reformed without some major reforms,” said Michael F. Whelan, a former president of Edison Electric Institute and an expert on the energy sector who is the lead author of the report.
“There is a lot of money that is being squandered by the green industry on false and misleading advertising.”
The study also finds that the solar power industry is highly dependent on federal subsidies and that the energy industry is not taking advantage of those subsidies to invest in new plants.
The federal government pays for nearly 80 percent of the cost of solar projects, but only about 6 percent of those costs go toward installing equipment and materials.
And most of the subsidies for wind energy projects are for the electricity that’s generated, not the power itself.
In some cases, the federal government is subsidizing the electricity the companies get from a federal program that has been used to subsidize other energy production, including wind power, which can generate much lower prices.
A report from former Edison executives in December concluded that the government was using a $6 billion program that subsidizes a small number of renewable energy projects to support wind power at the expense of solar and nuclear energy.
SolarCity, the largest installer of solar panels in the U.S., is already in the process of converting to a new generation of energy, which it will use to make more money.
SolarWorld, the world’s largest manufacturer of solar modules, is also moving into new energy, buying solar farms and turning them into power plants.
Both companies are building facilities that can produce energy from renewable sources.
SolarCo, the leading solar panel installer in the United States, is expanding its operations in New Jersey and Florida and is working to install more solar farms in California.
Exelion, the nation ‘s largest installer, is working on a project in Michigan that could generate power from wind and solar energy.
The Energy Information Administration, a government agency, said last month that it is considering a proposal to create a new solar panel production tax credit that would go toward projects that generate less than $1 million in electricity a year.
That credit would be available for projects that would create more than 5,000 jobs in the solar and renewable energy industries.
It would apply to any projects that meet the standards of the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group that represents solar panel makers.
The tax credit would help the solar panel industry by reducing the cost to consumers of the energy they produce.
The Green Jobs Act, which passed in the House last week, would provide $15 billion for the energy economy by 2020, the same amount the Energy Information Association said the solar program would cost the industry.
The bill also includes $2.3 billion to promote solar and renewables by promoting them in schools and promoting the use and affordability of energy in the homes of low-income families.
Energy Information Institute President Matthew Staver said the energy-efficiency measures proposed in the bill would help make the solar economy more competitive. “What we