Inaction on raising net metering caps and reforming the Commonwealth’s Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC) program has stopped construction of more than 500 solar projects valued at $617 million, which is costing cities and towns $3.2 million in annual tax revenues, according to analysis conducted by Vote Solar and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
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How dependent are solar producers on federal tax credits and state renewable energy policies? During today's OnPoint, Yann Brandt, regional head of the Americas at Conergy, discusses his company's growth projections amid industry volatility and regulatory uncertainty. He also talks about the international markets that are showing the greatest potential for expansion of solar.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced today that it has hired Evelyn Butler to run the trade association’s Codes & Standards work.
Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), following this evening’s remarks by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker in his 2016 State of the Commonwealth address
Following is a statement from Dan Whitten, vice president of communications for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on federal judges’ rejection of efforts to block states from developing plans under EPA's carbon rule for existing power plants.
Following is a statement from Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the unanimous decision by the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition to add solar energy to their policy portfolio and change their name to the “Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition”
Following is a statement from Rick Umoff, Director of State Affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), in response to today’s remarks by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his 2016 State of the State
Following is a statement from Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:
2015 was a banner year for Tradewind Energy, Inc., one of the largest independent wind and solar project development companies in the United States.
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As many states have successfully met their renewable portfolio standards (RPS), they are considering expanding these standards or otherwise incentivizing clean energy development. Despite several attempts to challenge these RPS laws, none of the 29 states with an RPS has repealed it and only one has frozen the standard before it was met.
50,000 U.S. military veterans working in the solar industry by 2020. That is the commitment we made to President Obama and announced today by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of the nationwide initiative, Joining Forces, which works with the public and private sector to support veterans through wellness, education and employment opportunities.
In 1970, the first ever Earth Day was held to demonstrate broad global support for environmental protection. At the time, the world’s population stood at 3.63 billion. Today, that number has more than doubled.
Cutting costs has been the key to solar’s rapid expansion this decade. The lion’s share of cost reductions in the solar industry has come from reductions in module prices. The $4 per watt you’d have paid in 2006 for modules alone gets you the entire residential solar system installed today.
With more than 8,000 companies now operating nationwide, solar energy has become one of the fastest-growing industries in America — thanks, in large part, to remarkable growth on both the West and East coasts. California, as expected, continues to lead the way with nearly 10 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar capacity, but on the other side of the country, five Eastern states — New Jersey, North Carolina, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut — are now closing in on a total of 4 GW of installed capacity.
For states looking to meet new obligations under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) have jointly published a handbook detailing how to incorporate renewable energy into state plans to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants.
In the critically-acclaimed movie, All the President’s Men, a shadowy, raspy-voiced character named Deep Throat advises Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to “follow the money” in the wake of the Watergate break-in and cover-up. That was more than 40 years ago. Yet, in the bare knuckles, take-no-prisoners world of Washington politics, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Someone once said, “the life you live is the lesson you teach.” Well, there isn’t a better example of that than the historic “we’re all in” commitment made in 2002 by California to secure a clean energy future.
Today’s new economy is driven by industries that are characterized by cutting-edge technology and high growth. Sound familiar? Well, it should.
Remarkably, America’s solar energy industry, which continues to grow at a very brisk pace, now has more employees than tech giants Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter combined. And to top it all off, 2014 turned out to be another record-shattering year!
Is it politics at play? Or simply a case of sloppy drafting? Whichever the case, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has a tough choice to make in the next few days. Legislation now on his desk, HB 2201, could jeopardize the future of rooftop solar in the state by rewriting West Virginia’s net-metering policies. Regardless of the motives of the bill’s authors, pure or clandestine, we strongly urge Gov. Tomblin to do the right thing – veto the bill and start over.