SOUTH PLAINFIELD — Ed Potosnak, Democratic Candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, held a press conference Wednesday at First Light Energy in South Plainfield in support of solar technology and the broad range of high technology companies that call the region home.
First Light designs and installs solar panel units for homes and businesses in the 7th district and throughout New Jersey. First Light Energy General Manager Rene Brana said, “”Extending commercial tax credits for alternative energy sources makes sense economically and environmentally. I’m pleased that Ed Potosnak recognizes the importance of making renewable energy sources affordable for families and small businesses in New Jersey.”
“As we try to wean ourselves off a dangerous addiction to foreign oil, we must make it easier for families to heat their homes and businesses with alternative sources of fuel,” said Potosnak. “I’m committed to alternatives like solar and wind, as well as the promotion of research that could lead to undiscovered sources of renewable energy and the promotion of mass transit and projects that encourage decreased fuel usage without inconveniencing our families and businesses.”
Potosnak expressed his strong support for residential and commercial tax incentives to help families and businesses purchase and maintain green alternative energy sources. “When I go to Congress, I’m committed to extending the commercial tax grant so that businesses can afford to make the choice to abandon oil and gas and adopt environmentally sound energy sources that will help create more jobs here in the 7th district and stimulate our economy.”
He went on to support broad research and development tax credits to encourage job opportunities in growing sectors like biotechnology. “Biotechnology was the one industry that experienced economic growth during the recession here in New Jersey,” said Potosnak. “Permanent R and D tax credits will help the companies performing high risk-high reward research here in New Jersey. Throughout my campaign, I have promised to help get America’s edge back. Putting more New Jersey workers in high tech jobs is a step in the right direction, and I promise to give our innovative businesses the support they need when I’m in Congress.”
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