“Solar is Going to Get Ridiculously Cheap,” says the headline in a story by Fortune Magazine’s Katie Fehrenbacher.
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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.
Last week the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued an important ruling on implementing the state’s recently passed net metering law.
On April 11th Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation that increased the Bay State’s net metering caps, preserved full retail rate net energy metering (NEM) for some classes of customers and established a new reduced credit rate for some solar projects.
America has reached the milestone of 1 million solar systems nationwide.
But what is even more remarkable is what that looks like in communities across the country and what comes next.
It took us 40 years to get to 1 million solar systems around the country, but it will take us only 2 years to get the next 1 million systems. Just 2 years. That's the prowess of American ingenuity and the creativity of entrepreneurs at work. And it's the appetite Americans have for taking control of their energy future with clean and local renewable sources.
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.
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.
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.
After twelve remarkable years at the helm of SEIA, I have decided to step down as President and CEO on May 31st. I leave feeling confident that SEIA will carry on the significant progress the organization has made during my tenure.
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.
While more Americans than ever are installing solar on their homes and businesses, utility-scale projects are dominating the solar revolution and generating more clean, reliable and cost-effective electricity.