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Committee participation provides a valuable leadership experience for you and networking opportunities to help your business. Contact SEIA today to learn more about joining our committees. If your company is not yet a SEIA member, you can learn more about how to join SEIA and the many benefits that come with SEIA membership.

Basic Membership Committees, Working Groups, and Task Forces.

Members at the Basic level are entitled to all basic member benefits and the ability to join as many of the various working groups, committees, and task forces listed below. Please note that the parentheses indicate the time commitment for each group.

CODES & STANDARDS WORKING GROUP (BI-WEEKLY): This group focuses on Building Codes and Product Standards, as well as fire safety. It proactively engages with streamlining testing and certification requirements and the advancement of respected industry wide objectives for increased credibility.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (BI-WEEKLY): The group is focused on environmental and social responsibility issues including developing an industry model and framework for business model consideration and identifying sustainability imperatives. This also includes advocating ascription to the Solar Commitment, a voluntary dedication that outlines best practices in the solar industry for environment, health, and safety issues. Current working topic is the development of a stable, dedicated program and framework for PV Recycling in the U.S, led by PV Recycling Working Group which meets weekly.

INSTALLER SAFETY & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT WORKING GROUP (MONTHLY): The group is open to all SEIA members and focuses on Installer Safety, Labor topics, Training, Insurance, and OSHA regulations.

TRANSMISSION WORKING GROUP (AD HOC): This group is the designated forum for SEIA members to discuss electricity transmission matters, particularly issues before the FERC, including variable resources integration, open access policies, transmission planning and cost allocation issues, reactive power and other matters.

WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTED GENERATION WORKING GROUP (AD HOC): This group discusses issues related to the deployment of solar projects ranging from 1 MW to 20 MW that interconnect to a distribution system and are engaged in a wholesale transaction.

MIDWEST SOLAR COALITION WORKING GROUP (BI-WEEKLY): This group covers active solar policy and market developments throughout the Midwest.  The Coalition convenes a bi-weekly call run by SEIA in coordination with the Environmental Law and Policy Center.  We provide updates on key regulatory dockets, legislative issues, and other policy matters to help solar industry stakeholders stay informed and become engaged.  The call is accompanied by a regulatory and issue tracker to facilitate participation in Midwest market development efforts.

UTILITY-OWNED GENERATION TASK FORCE (AD HOC): The UOG group was formed to update SEIA’s position on utility ownership of solar generation, at both the DG and USP scale.

SEIA FINANCE INITIATIVE WORK GROUP (TBD): SEIA Finance Initiative is interested in open end-use opportunities and/or new sources of investment capital. It delves into these through the lenses of for-profit and nonprofit opportunities in the real estate and housing.

MOUNTING SYSTEMS MANUFACTURING COMMITTEE (MONTHLY): The committee represents all PV mounting and racking segments covering system installation locations and applications including residential, commercial and utility scale projects on steep slope, low slope (flat roof) and fixed and tracking ground mount systems; working closely with SEIA’s Codes & Standards Working Group. Current topics include advocating clear and cost effective standards and codes and developing training and education for installation best practices and procedures.

OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE WORKING GROUP (MONTHLY): SEIA’s O&M Working Group was recently formed and held its inaugural meeting at SPI 2016 in Las Vegas. Overall, the group recognizes that solar system and plant owners and operators want to achieve the highest possible plant performance to achieve profit optimization and long-term performance sustainability. The group intends to articulate the key issues in the operations space and in the maintenance phase. Marshalling the experience of members to provide practical advice and experience, this group will initially address contracts, service expectations and education.

Kilowatt Membership Committees, Working Groups & Task Forces

Members at the Kilowatt level are entitled to join as many of the wide variety of working groups, committees, and task forces listed below. Please note that the parentheses indicate the time commitment for each group

CLEAN POWER PLAN COMMITTEE (BI-WEEKLY): The Clean Power Plan Committee is made up of leading solar companies and service providers paving the path for a low carbon future.  The Committee works regularly with policymakers at the state and federal level to ensure that solar plays a central role in the development and implementation of the Clean Power Plan.  Specific initiatives of the Clean Power Plan Committee include: engaging with EPA on development of the Clean Energy Incentive Program; commenting on the design of the federal implementation plan; defending the Clean Power Plan against legal challenge; ensuring solar is included in state implementation plans; tracking real time updates on policy developments related to the Clean Power Plan.

TRADE COMMITTEE (WEEKLY): This group focuses on building codes and product standards, as well as fire safety. It proactively engages members and stakeholders regarding streamlining testing and certification requirements and the advancement of consensus-driven installation requirements for increased credibility and ease of adoption.

SITING & PERMITTING COMMITTEE (MONTHLY): This group provides technical expertise regarding the siting and permitting of solar power plants to government entities such as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other stakeholders involved in permitting conversations.

PROJECT FINANCE COMMITTEE (MONTHLY): This group discusses how to expand and improve financing options for solar projects including the Department of Energy's Loan Guarantee Program, expanding comprehension and availability of PACE programs, and other potential financing options for the solar industry.

PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE (BI-WEEKLY): This committee coordinates industry messaging, spokespersons, press outreach and rapid response to promote the benefits of solar energy and represents all solar technologies and market segments.

TAX & ACCOUNTING COMMITTEE (BI-WEEKLY): This group discusses pressing tax issues on Capitol Hill and in the Administration. The group is comprised of leading tax attorneys and consultants in the country as well as our member companies’ tax experts.

Megawatt Membership Committees, Working Groups & Task Forces

Members at the Megawatt level are entitled join a wide selection of working groups, committees, and task forces. Megawatt members are invited to share their expertise and drive SEIA policy as participants of any of the various groups listed below! Additionally, Megawatt members have the ability to be on the forefront of policy both on state and federal levels. Please note that the parentheses indicate the time commitment for each group.

STATE-LEVEL AND REGIONAL COMMITTEES (AS NEEDED): State-level and regional committees engage in discussion of day to day tactical activities as well as long term strategy that includes but is not limited to: discussion of all filings and related policy materials at the state level, initiating communication with state level policy makers in order to strengthen our voice, and participate in lobby day. You can join any of the following state-level and regional committees:

•  AZ State Committee
•  CA State Committee
•  CO State Committee
•  MA State Committee
•  NJ State Committee
•  NV State Committee
•  NY State Committee
•  TX State Committee
•  Southeastern States Committee

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE (BI-WEEKLY): The Community Engagement Committee (CEC) provides a venue for SEIA member companies to share and to improve best practices for ensuring a diverse company workforce and to develop and implement new community outreach initiatives.  The CEC will also help tell our industry’s ‘good news’ story about what we have done, are doing, and will be doing to ensure that our employees reflect the diversity of the American workforce and that Americans of every background and income have access to the benefits of solar energy.

SOLAR BELTWAY (MONTHLY): Monthly breakfast held locally at SEIA headquarters to bring together organizations in the area.

FEDERAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE (WEEKLY): Policy forum for SEIA members to be engaged in high-level discussions and strategies regarding federal legislative and regulatory policies that affect the U.S. solar industry.

Gigawatt Membership Committees, Working Groups & Task Forces

The Gigawatt Membership entitles you to shape the solar industry’s policy with across nearly every face of the sector. In addition to guiding SEIA’s policies through participating on a host of committees, Gigawatt members also receive numerous discounts for SEIA events and publications! Please note that the parentheses indicate the time commitment for each group

CONSUMER PROTECTION COMMITTEE (WEEKLY): SEIA’s Consumer Protection Committee (CPC) seeks to address consumer-oriented issues within U.S. solar markets through activities that increase consumer, industry, government, and media understanding of solar energy transactions, technical capabilities, and characteristics, while promoting solar industry growth and competition.  To achieve its goals, the CPC will work to develop materials, education outreach efforts, certification programs, and a business code.

GRID INTEGRATION TASK FORCE (BI-WEEKLY): As a follow-up to the Board-identified priorities, the State and Federal Affairs staffs have developed a grid integration policy strategy for SEIA. There are many varieties of “grid integration” issues and many venues where such conversations are happening. We want YOUR input on what’s important and where SEIA should be active.

Terawatt Membership Committees, Working Groups & Task Forces

As SEIA’s premier level of membership, the Terawatt Membership entitles you to shape and drive the solar industry with your fellow thought leaders. By joining at this level, you will earn a seat on the Board of Directors with the voting authority to directly influence solar energy’s future on state and federal fronts. Along with having this capacity, you will receive numerous discounts for SEIA events and publications. Additionally, you will be able to serve on the board-only level committees, working groups, task forces and, of course, enjoy all the general membership benefits! Please note that the parentheses indicate the time commitment for each group

GOVERNANCE TASK FORCE (AD HOC): This task force of the SEIA Board considers issues related to the governance of SEIA, such as divisional and board structure, on an as-needed basis. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (BI-WEEKLY): These elected members are chosen to act on behalf of SEIA and are responsible for managing its affairs and furthering SEIA’s commitment to solar best practices. Duties include reviewing the budget, adopting and amending bylaws, confirming appointments and working together to enhance the solar community.

FEDERAL POLICY COMMITTEE (WEEKLY): This committee is the driving force behind federal policy and is the authoritative decision making body for all policy initiatives at the federal level. Members of this committee set the direction for SEIA to follow and provide a condensed update to our board members, as well as being a forum for members to review positions crafted by the Federal Affairs Committees for implementation.

NET METERING TASK FORCE (AD HOC): This task force discusses all issues pertaining to net metering at the state and federal levels.

ETHICS COMMITTEE (AD HOC): This committee is designed to uphold the moral and ethical obligations of SEIA, enforce the Code of Ethics, and respond to any grievances.

STATE POLICY COMMITTEE (MONTHLY): This committee is the driving force behind state policy and the authoritative decision making body for all policy initiatives at the state level. Members of the State Policy Committee set the direction for states to follow and provide a condensed state-by-state update to the SEIA Board. This committee also acts as a forum for members to review positions crafted by the individual State Committees for implementation.

SEIA Member Divisions

Distributed Generation (DG): The Distributed Generation (DG) Division provides a forum for discussing issues important to businesses engaged in the deployment of customer-sited solar power systems. The division serves residential installers, commercial developers, EPC firms, DG finance firms and manufacturers focused on DG applications. Via periodic conference calls, social media, and other venues, members of the DG Division can receive important updates on codes, standards, safety, policy and finance and provide input to help steer SEIA’s advocacy efforts.

Solar Heating & Cooling (SHC): SEIA's Solar Heating and Cooling Division includes member companies involved in solar water heating, solar pool heating, solar space heating, and solar cooling. Solar heating and cooling technologies are clean, reliable, and cost-effective technologies that reduce utility bills for thousands of homes and businesses. Today, Americans across the country are at work manufacturing and installing systems that significantly reduce our dependence on imported fuels. We need smart policies to expand this fast-growing job-producing sector.

Solar Services & Consumers (SSC): This division is for Solar Service providers (law firms, accounting firms, engineers, banks and other debt providers and investors), financial and investment advisors, educational institutions and related organizations (and consumers of solar energy). Generally, this division serves SEIA members who support the advancement of the solar industry.

Utility-Scale Solar Power (USP): The Utility-Scale Solar Power division includes photovoltaic, concentrating solar power and concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) projects. Concentrating solar power technologies include trough, power tower, compact linear Fresnel and dish systems which concentrate the thermal energy of the sun to drive a conventional steam turbine. Utility-scale projects often generate hundreds of megawatts of electricity, making them attractive as wholesale energy suppliers to utilities. The Utility-Scale Solar Power division serves those companies which develop these projects or manufacture, sell or install equipment for use in such projects.

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