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Major Construction Unions Host Solar Good Jobs Summit

Washington, DC (April 10, 2024) – The Solar Good Jobs Summit, hosted by IBEW,
IUOE, and LIUNA, brought together key stakeholders in the solar industry; including Labor
leaders, Biden Administration officials, utility board members, contractors, investment
managers, and developers.

Remarks delivered by John Podesta, Senior Advisor to the President for International
Climate Policy as well as Wally Adeyemo, Deputy Secretary, Department of the Treasury and
David Turk, Deputy Secretary, Department of Energy, served to emphasize the Biden-Harris
Administration’s commitment to both delivering renewable energy investments and creating
good family-supporting jobs.

Senator Ron Wyden, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, who led in crafting the
Inflation Reduction Act and also joined the gathering, spoke of the importance of leveraging
federal incentives to make energy more affordable, build our clean energy portfolio, and
create good jobs.

The union presidents hosting the event shed light on opportunities and challenges facing
efforts to create good union jobs in the solar industry and highlighted the new Tri-trade
Solar Agreement as a model compliance tool to take advantage of incentives in the Inflation
Reduction Act.

“The solar market is exploding thanks to historic demand for energy and the incentives
included in the IRA, and the need for skilled union members to make these projects a reality
is higher than ever. The Tri-trade Solar Agreement is not just a national agreement; it’s a
national solution, one that allows owners, developers and contractors not just to meet their
workforce needs, but to rest easy that they’re meeting the rigorous requirements of the IRA.”

“Together, our three unions are committed to being partners to the solar industry, from
permitting to interconnection and at every step in between,” said IBEW International
President Kenneth Cooper.