Homeowners across the United States have begun a rooftop solar revolution. Since 2000, more than 1,460 megawatts of residential solar installations have been installed across the country, and more than 80 percent of that capacity was added in the past four years. In 2012 alone, rooftop solar installations reached 488 megawatts, a 62 percent increase over 2011 installations and nearly double the installed capacity added in 2010.
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The media has recently been full of stories about electric utilities being nervous and down right reactionary to adding solar (and wind) on the electric grid. On October 15th, The Huffington Post’s story on the Hawaii Electric Company (HECO) reported, “hundreds of Oahu customers have gotten burned in their transition to solar. They have gotten caught in limbo since September 6 when HECO changed the rules for connecting solar systems.”
In northern New Mexico the sun shines nearly every day of the year. If solar energy is going to be viable anywhere, it will be here—and a small electric cooperative in historic Taos is taking advantage of it. In addition to supporting new solar projects in its service area, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative is offering its customers the opportunity to buy solar energy from “plots” in a “garden” of solar power generation.
WASHINGTON, DC – A study released today shows ratepayers in North Carolina could see $26 million in energy savings annually if the state were to add 400 megawatts (MW) of wholesale solar and 100 MW of distributed solar generation.
SEIA Commends Secretary Salazar, Obama Administration for Continued Commitment to Developing Solar Energy Projects on Public Land
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today on efforts by the Obama Administration, and particularly Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, to develop utility-scale solar energy projects on public lands.
Today Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA), testified before the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee hearing, "American Energy Initiative: Identifying Roadblocks to Wind and Solar Energy on Public Lands and Waters."
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced that it has hired Manning Feraci to serve as Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the organization effective Monday, May 9. Feraci will lead the organization's efforts on Capitol Hill.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released the following statement today accompanying comments submitted today on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Solar Energy Development in Six Southwestern States (PEIS).
Solar Industry Praises Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Study of Solar PV's Impact on California Home Sale Price
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Vote Solar released the following statement today applauding findings in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s new study on the positive effect that photovoltaic systems have on home value in California.
California ranks first in the United States with 43,700 solar energy-related jobs, or nearly 37 percent of the national total, according to a new report by the Solar Foundation, a nonprofit solar research and education organization.
Calling job creation in America a “shared goal,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today joined other trade associations, labor unions, environmental groups and business and community advocates in pushing for new efforts to address climate change, rebuild America’s aging infrastructure and foster innovation.
Every state in the union has benefited from solar power’s remarkable growth over the last few years. In an actual headcount of employees, DC-based The Solar Foundation has found 119,000 employees in solar companies across the country.
Arizona’s solar industry has 9,800 direct jobs, ranking it second in the country behind only California, according to one of the first nationwide surveys on the industry’s employment creation.
Home furniture retailer Ikea has activated what it says is the largest rooftop solar array in Maryland at its distribution center in Perryville.