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Posted 1.21.22 in General

Democrats in Congress Push to Move Ahead with Build Back Better Climate Plan – Likely by Breaking Up the Bill

At a news conference at the White House yesterday afternoon, marking the end of his first year in office, President Joe Biden acknowledged what many have been expecting – that Democrats would need to pare down or divide up portions of the Build Back Better Act (BBBA) to pass its package of climate provisions.

“Well, it’s clear to me that we’re going to have to probably break it up,” Biden said. “I’ve been talking to a number of my colleagues on the Hill. I think it’s clear that we would be able to get support for the $500 billion-plus for energy and the environmental issues that are there.” Senator Manchin (D-WV), who previously blocked the BBA by saying he would not vote for it, has indicated that he would support the climate package.

A growing number of Senate democrats and climate advocates are pushing their colleagues to begin paring back and/or breaking up the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better plan to salvage what they can.

Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) says the goal is to assemble pieces that can garner the necessary 50 votes to pass via the budget reconciliation process. “We need to move to pass a package now that has 50 votes,” said Markey, a leading proponent of climate action in Congress. “The climate, justice and clean-energy provisions in Build Back Better have been largely worked through and financed, so let’s start there and add any of the other important provisions to support working families that can meet the 50-vote threshold,” he told Axios. “We need to move from words to action, negotiation to agreement,” he stated.

In agreement was Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). He told Axios yesterday that “We need to do whatever is possible and make it as broad and inclusive as we can.”

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) told The Washington Post Climate 202 that he didn’t interpret Biden’s comments as endorsing a piecemeal approach, given the rules governing reconciliation, the budget process that Democrats are using to avoid a Senate filibuster. “The way I interpret it,” Khanna said, “the president is saying, ‘Let’s pass what we can and then let’s fight for what we can’t get done.’”

Rep. Khanna went on to say that because of the nature of the Build Back Better reconciliation bill, ”I think we ought to give Sen. Manchin a leadership role in putting something together and seeing what can be a consensus. And I’m confident that we can get robust climate provisions and other provisions. It’s not going to be everything, but we can get something that’s a broad consensus.”

The White House is planning to renew negotiations with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) about how to proceed with the bill, Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain told the Wall Street Journal.

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How the White House will save the Build Back Better Bill

Posted 1.19.22 in General

How the White House will save the Build Back Better Bill

On January 18, Reuters reported that the White House is seeking to re-establish talks on its $1.75 trillion spending bill, working to salvage climate change measures but trim down items like the child tax credit and paid family leave, according to two people working on the plan (see link to full Reuters article below).

President Joe Biden’s administration is expected to pivot from an attempt to pass voting rights legislation through the Senate to reset talks with lawmakers on a pared-down version of the Build Back Better bill, the sources said.

White House climate expert Gina McCarthy and U.S. Treasury officials have set off for Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers and staff on the bill as part of the effort to preserve some of Biden’s economic and environmental agenda. To date, support for climate and environmental spending remains strong.

To save the bill, there needs to be a reengagement of negotiations, a source for the Reuters article stated. “There’s not a lot of mystery anymore about what Manchin would accept. We need to calibrate as much as possible to what he can accept, and then there needs to be a personal ask (by Biden) for his vote.”

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Project Post!

Posted 1.18.22 in General

Today’s feature project is a ground mounted 1,944 kW DC utilities authority project ASP completed in 2021! This system generates 2.5 million kWh annually to provide energy to a New Jersey Waste Water Treatment Plant. #solar #cleanenergy #sustainability #solarpanels #cleanenergysource #advancedsolarproducts

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Throwback Development Project!

Posted 1.14.22 in General

Happy Friday!

Today, we wanted to share one of our development projects in Needham, MA. In 2016, ASP was hired by Brightfields to design and interconnect a 5MW solar array on a 30-acre landfill. ASP also supplied its Solstice racking for this project.

If you are interested in finding out more about our development capabilities, you can contact us via our contact page!

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Intern Highlight!

Posted 1.11.22 in General

Today we are highlighting one of our recent interns Nick Lambert! Nick started his internship with us in March of 2021 with the Engineering Department and rejoined us in December of 2021 with the Business Development Department. Nick was a huge help to the ASP team, and we are very thankful for his time! Below is a brief message from Nick about his experience with ASP!


“ASP has taught me invaluable skills through welcoming and rigorous experiences. Having internships in the Engineering and Business Development teams has helped me understand the bridge between the two departments from a technical perspective. Additionally, I have been able to work extremely close with professional engineers to expand my knowledge of the field and make meaningful contributions to project development. As the school year rolls around, I am very thankful for the opportunity to continue contributing toward the innovative work of the company as I pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.”

If you are interested in an internship opportunity with ASP, you can contact us through our website: http://www.advancedsolarproducts.com/contact/

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Industry News Friday!

Posted 1.7.22 in General

Today we have a fun article about Dutch college students who built the world’s first solar-powered camper! The vehicle features a pop-up roof lined with solar panels that the students claim produces enough electricity to travel over 450 miles in a single day. If you would like to learn more about this, click the link below! https://robbreport.com/motors/cars/dutch-college-students-just-built-the-worlds-first-solar-powered-camper-and-theyre-taking-it-on-the-road-1234636504/?fbclid=IwAR3PDSbjOtfSEY9dXgIMFE3dJtFSuPWy1VVirEKUUEi-NpUsCx7dH4C4Z5Q

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Project Post

Posted 1.4.22 in General

ASP would like to highlight the 5,305 kW DC ground mount system our team had constructed in 2017. This project at the time of completion was the largest solar array in the state of Maine!

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Happy New Year!

Posted 12.30.21 in General

ASP wants to wish everyone a Happy New Year! Our office will be closed tomorrow, December 31st to observe the holiday. Have a safe and healthy holiday weekend!

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Employee Highlight!

Posted 12.29.21 in General

Today we would like to highlight Kathleen Vandegrift! Kathleen is the Project Development Manager at ASP and has been with us since 2016.

Kathleen’s favorite part of working at ASP is “Working with amazing people to be a part of creating a sustainable future, while continually being challenged, is the best part of working at ASP.”

“When not at work, I love to spend time working in my gardens or just being outside!”

Below are some fun facts about Kathleen!

Favorite hobby: Gardening
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Shrimp tacos with mango salsa!

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Senate Still Working on Build Back Better

Posted 12.23.21 in General

MSNBC reports on a Senate Democratic Caucus Meeting Last Night, Including Joe Manchin



As reported by MSNBC Reports today, Senate President Chuck Schumer spoke about a Senate Democratic Caucus meeting last night, saying, “we are not giving up on BBB. Period. We won’t stop working until we pass a bill.”

Senator Schumer said, “…we had a caucus meeting – Zoom – last night where just about everyone participated, and there was universal feeling that we are not giving up; that we are continuing the fight on two major fronts, both of which we need very badly. One, of course, is Build Back Better. And Joe Manchin was on the phone, and lots of our members made pleas to him to continue and negotiate, and he agreed to do that.”

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