SEIA held its inaugural Empowerment Series event last week at the Pillsbury Conference Center in Washington D.C. The event, Women’s Empowerment: Leaders in Solar Energy, brought together women leaders across all sectors of the solar industry to engage in meaningful discussion about new trends and policies. Attendees at the sold out event heard from expert panelists and speakers focused on educating, connecting and providing thought leadership for women in the solar industry.
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President Obama announced this morning that he is putting forth actions that will accelerate grid integration of renewable energy and storage. This announcement comes hours before the White House hosts a Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets. Regulators, power companies, developers and others will come together to promote better grid integration for renewables and discuss efforts for energy storage and other flexible resources.
“Solar is Going to Get Ridiculously Cheap,” says the headline in a story by Fortune Magazine’s Katie Fehrenbacher.
Greentech Media (GTM) and SEIA's 2016 Q2 SMI report makes it clear that the solar industry's upward trajectory is no longer shadowed by other forms of electric generation. In fact, solar companies added more capacity in the first quarter of 2016 than was added by the natural gas, coal, nuclear, and wind industries combined.
From the heroic 1990 Peace Climb to the 2010 rally at the National Mall, Earth Day has been unifying citizens worldwide in epic demonstrations that celebrate nature and challenge governments to place environmental preservation at the top of their agendas. This year, our leaders are heeding this call to action.
Another SEIA staff member has gone solar!
Terri White, the first person people see when they visit us at the Solar Energy Industries Association, recently had an eight kilowatt rooftop system mounted on her Maryland home. She had the system installed at no cost through a power purchase agreement with SolarCity.
Last July, pilot André Borschberg wearily stepped out the cockpit he’d been confined to for five days and five nights. He had just flown non-stop over the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Hawaii in the Solar Impulse 2, an airplane propelled entirely by solar energy. Today, nine months after touching down in Oahu, Solar Impulse 2 is resuming its historic mission to fly around the world.
A new report unveiled Wednesday shows that America’s cities are taking solar seriously. The report, Shining Cities 2016: How Smart Local Policies Are Expanding Solar Power in America, ranks cities by total solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed and PV capacity per capita at the end of 2015, and provides policy recommendations for the federal, state and local governments that can spur solar deployments.
Like the panels that harness the sun’s rays, the batteries that store its energy can support the reliability of solar electricity. Efficient and affordable energy storage strengthens solar’s capacity to power homes from dusk to dawn, and may be the keystone needed for its proliferation.
A New Low-Income Solar Policy Guide outlines policies and program models that open access to solar power and solar jobs for all Americans, and identifies how these models can be replicated in more low-income communities.