It's Not Easy Being Green Without the Green

Environmental advocates and representatives from Connecticut's solar energy industry want lawmakers to say no to a plan that would take money from funds promoting energy efficiency and clean energy.

More homeowners, nonprofits and governmental organizations are taking advantage of state rebates to install solar electricity systems and now is not the time to cut funding, opponents of the cuts said.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell's plan to reduce the current fiscal year deficit, estimated at about $343 million, calls for transferring more than $25 million from the various funds. The General Assembly plans to vote Wednesday.

There are about 200 jobs in Connecticut's solar installation industry and advocates worry those jobs will move to other states.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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