CARSON CITY — With U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s 5th annual National Clean Energy Summit set to kick off Tuesday in Las Vegas, the debate over the government’s role in alternative energy development has become a hot-button topic in this presidential race.
Critics have pointed to the closure in July of the solar manufacturing company Amonix in North Las Vegas 14 months after opening.
The company was awarded $6 million in solar manufacturing tax credits to build the facility, but the company said the credits were never used. The closing was used to criticize President Barack Obama and U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-District 1, who is locked in a tough U.S. Senate race with U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.
But Politico noted in an article that the Bush administration first backed the Amonix project in 2007.