Last night President Obama gave the State of the Union address, and was unequivocal both in his support of action on climate change, and his support of the innovation necessary to create clean energy solutions like solar fuels.

He said “I want Americans to win the race for the kinds of discoveries that unleash new jobs: converting sunlight into liquid fuel.”

This is the second time in recent months that President Obama has made a point to mention solar fuels in a national speech.

On the White House’s YouTube channel, their broadcast of the SOTU included a slide presentation. When the president made the above remarks, they highlighted the work of one of our partners, the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP). Researchers at JCAP are truly leading the way in developing the technology that will allow us to create a solar fuel from artificial photosynthesis.

We, of course, wholeheartedly agree with President Obama that encouraging the kind of research and development being done at JCAP will help fight climate change and create jobs.  In fact, the recently released National Solar Jobs Census 2014 says that the solar sector is already creating jobs nearly 20 times faster than the overall US economy.

Our mission at SOFI is to connect groups like JCAP with our other partners, such as the ANSER Center, Uppsala University, and energy industry leaders like Total, to speed the commercialization of this promising, carbon-neutral fuel and become part of this growing clean energy economy.

It can only be better for the prosperity of the country and better for the climate if we continue to expand our renewable energy portfolio, and build on the solar revolution that is already underway.

When it comes to harnessing the sun’s abundant energy, SOFI is thinking big. We and our members are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, so that one day we might create jobs and a cleaner future by harvesting and storing sunlight.