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.
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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.
Whitmore Farm turned to solar energy to help mitigate its operating costs and impact on the environment. It's paying off, and its owner suggests other farmers do the same.
For Reverend Dr. Julie Josund, caring for the health of our planet goes hand-in-hand with the Christian faith. Josund, a pastor at Edmonds Lutheran Church in Washington State, has long envisioned a church that exemplifies her belief. Recently, her vision turned to reality.
Despite the Supreme Court’s recent ruling to halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch is confident that solar will continue to surge. In an interview with Bloomberg’s Chris Martin, Resch said the temporary stay of the CPP will neither hiccup the near-term growth of the solar industry (because the CPP would not have come into effect until 2020) nor its long-term growth.
Four solar projects were awarded the 2016 Photovoltaic Project of Distinction award at the Solar Power PV & Expo in Boston, Massachusetts, on Feb. 24.