The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is counting down to the kick off between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, not just because we love the game, the multi-million dollar advertisements and the A-list halftime entertainment, but also because solar energy—our MVP—will be playing a starring role.
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Winter Storm Jonas was a doozy of a blizzard, breaking records for snowfall that dated back over 100 years. For those of us on the East coast battling Winter conditions by clutching to coffee mugs and or grabbing snow shovels, it’s hard to fathom how Earth’s temperature continues to trend warmer year after year. Still, 2015 stayed the course and eclipsed 2014 as the hottest year on record. Could solar help break this cycle?
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) affirmed its place as one of the most forward-looking state agencies in the nation today by voting 3-2 to open doors to solar energy in a diverse set of homes and communities throughout the state.
SEIA’s Sean Gallagher makes the solar industry’s case for strong net metering in California.
Solar in America is strong and getting stronger, SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch told a crowd yesterday at the United States Energy Association’s State of the Energy Industry Forum.
It’s a fact that in just 90 minutes enough sunlight strikes the earth to provide the entire planet's energy needs for one year. Harnessing this amount of energy will require more research, design and innovation, but with the ability to store just a fraction of this power, we could revolutionize the energy industry. This is exactly the mission that the Department of Energy’s new Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES) is undertaking.
During President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address last night, he touted the historic growth of clean energy in America and how solar is leading the way to a future that is powered by 21st century technologies.
This year will go down as a banner year for solar energy. We expect new solar installations to reach a record-breaking 7.4 gigawatts (GW) by year’s end. And yet, the 2015 record is already looking like a distant memory, compared to what is to come. America’s solar boom is far from busting. In fact, solar will quadruple in size from just over 24 GW of total capacity to nearly 100 GW by 2020. By that point, there will be enough solar installed to power 20 million American homes.
The event was held at Highland Brewing Company, which alone has a 325-kilowatt solar array capable of powering the entire brewery. A variety of community, industry and government leaders spoke at the event, including Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry. Representatives from the offices of Republican Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, as well as for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory also came to the event.