While battles rage with utilities taking on both solar customers and businesses around the country, Vermont has quietly expanded its net metering program by nearly four-times without so much as a skirmish.
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A Windham County company is planning to open at least four new community solar farms in the coming few years. Soveren Solar, a Westminster company, is going to start construction in the spring on a 150 kilowatt solar farm in North Springfield, and company founder Peter Thurrell said he is finalizing land leases in Townshend and Westminster, and at least one other location, for his other community solar farms.
In response to a decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to assure that owners of rooftop solar systems will continue to benefit from Net Energy Metering (NEM) for 20 years, Carrie Cullen Hitt, senior vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement:
A proposed $250 million distributed solar project appears to have held its own in a Minnesota regulatory process that put it in competition with three natural gas options.
Power giant NRG Energy is looking to take cues from the world’s largest consumer tech brands — Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon — when it comes to how to provide energy services for customers.
WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the Department of Energy’s announcement today that its decade-long solar SunShot Initiative is more than 60 percent of the way to achieving “cost-competitive utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity,” Tom Kimbis, vice president of executive affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC - Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today after carefully reviewing The Solar Foundation’s new state-by-state jobs report:
WASHINGTON, DC – Saying it will spur billions of dollars in new investment in the U.S. economy, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced its strong support for Rep. Mike Thompson’s (D-CA) “commence construction” legislation, H.R. 2502, which now has 100 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives and continues to gain momentum.
WASHINGTON, DC - Calling it “justified and necessary,” Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today, supporting the U.S. government’s decision to move forward with its World Trade Organization (WTO) case against India:
Calling it “critically important,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is applauding “commence construction” legislation introduced today by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV). Their bipartisan legislation would allow America’s solar energy companies to make full and effective use of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC).
Nevada is being called a leader in renewable energy. And lawmakers say that's good for taxpayers.
Despite all the excitement surrounding solar energy over the last couple of decades, the technology has yet to go mainstream. However, that is slowly starting to change. Perhaps the biggest reason for the slow spread of solar energy has been the high cost associated with converting a household to take advantage of solar energy.
Distributed generation in the form of wind, landfill gas, and cogeneration got a mention, but solar by far is attracting the most attention from cooperatives and legislators, a panel of experts told the co-op crowd. The panelists also informed co-ops that distributed generation is coming. They were told that it is best to get in front of it and that co-ops should develop their own DG projects.
Solar energy in 2013 removed its training wheels and started competing with traditional energy sources. In the fourth quarter alone, the average weighted price per watt of solar capacity installed dropped by 15%, averaging $2.59 compared to more than $6 in 2010.
In 2013 there was a 47 percent jump in the number of home solar installations in the U.S., and by the end of the year more than 400,000 American homes had solar power. Don Dahler meets one man who uses imagination to help power the change.
With no end in sight to the federal government shutdown – and worries mounting by the minute about its impact on the U.S. economy – what can the private sector do to help spur job creation and economic growth in the future? Here’s one good idea: The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has just released a comprehensive new report outlining ways to create 50,250 new American jobs and save more than $61 billion in future energy costs by expanding the use of innovative and cost-effective solar heating and cooling (SHC) systems across the nation.
As disappointed as some local fans of the Solar Decathlon may be, it turns out this might have been a good year for the event to move out of Washington, D.C. While budget dispute clouds loom over the federal government and the Capitol, the biannual Department of Energy event is casting its own sunshine in Irvine, California.
In China, 2013 is the year of the snake. But here in the United States, this may well go down as the year of the sun. A recent market analysis by GTM Research shows the U.S. market installed 832 megawatts (MW) of new photovoltaic (PV) installations in the second quarter of this year – a whopping 15 percent increase over the first three months of 2013.
Is that a light at the end of the tunnel?
An industry proposal aimed at ending a long-running solar trade dispute between the United States and China is gaining support among key lawmakers at both the state and federal levels, including the chairmen of the U.S. Senate Finance and Budget committees.
Trade disputes often have a nasty way of becoming trade wars.
On average, the sun shines in Sacramento, California, 265 days a year. Well, it looks like even more clear skies and sunny days ahead as the state wrapped up its legislative session on a high note.
At a time of heightened tensions in the Middle East – coupled with rising gasoline prices across the United States – there is finally some good news on the energy front. America’s solar energy industry is currently on pace to achieve a record-shattering year.
President Obama’s recent decision to install solar panels atop the White House is just the latest example of his strong commitment to U.S. leadership in solar energy and the jobs it will create here at home.
The member companies of the Solar Energy Industries Association strongly share that commitment. Covering every aspect of the solar pipeline, they employ more than 120,000 Americans – providing savings for homeowners, power for our military and a cleaner world for future generations.
All across the United States, rooftop solar panels are popping up on homes, businesses and schools like mushrooms in a forest, and utility-scale solar projects are bringing huge amounts of clean energy into our communities. Why? Well, among other things, consumer choice in America is something that we all hold very sacred.
The U.S. solar industry is booming. "U.S. [Residential] Installation Frequency Hits One Every Four Minutes," according to a recent article in PV-tech.org. That puts the US residential solar industry on track to install 128,000 systems in 2013, according to GTM Research (Q213). We have come a long way since 2007 when I sold the first residential solar power purchase agreement to a homeowner in Redwood City, CA.