Driven by strong year-over-year growth in the utility and residential markets, the United States installed 1,330 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the first quarter of 2014. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industry Association’s (SEIA) Q1 2014 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, the U.S. installed 232 megawatts of residential PV, exceeding the non-residential (commercial) market’s 225 megawatts for the first time in the history of the report.
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First Solar Inc. said Friday it sold the 50-megawatt Macho Springs solar power plant to Southern Power Electric Power Co., a subsidiary of Southern Co., and Turner Renewable Energy. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Power from the plant, which is located in New Mexico, will be sold to El Paso Electric under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
One of the world’s leading developers of solar energy says that solar tower technology with storage will be competitive with baseload gas generation by 2020, and able to perform similar functions without the emissions.
Abengoa, the Spanish owned developer of a range of concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies, as well as solar PV, says the dramatic falls in capital costs, and rising efficiency levels, means that large scale CSP will be competing with combined cycle gas turbines on cost, efficiency, and utility by the end of the decade.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today released a comprehensive report, “Cutting carbon emissions: The case for expanding solar energy in America.” The report offers a detailed, point-by-by point case as to why states should take advantage of clean solar energy as part of their efforts to comply with Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.
Even in the digital age, boots on the ground still matter.
Pure Energies Group has been mining the digital realm for years to find homeowners who might want rooftop solar and then pairing them with solar developers.
Now, with a new dealer program, Pure Energies is getting leads the old-fashioned way: from dealers that are already in someone’s home selling something else.
Reacting to President Obama’s major new plan to combat climate change, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), today released the following statement.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With press reports indicating that the United States, China, and the European Union have held preliminary discussions on a possible agreement to resolve solar trade disputes, Rhone Resch, president & CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the U.S. solar energy industry, and the BlueGreen Alliance, a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations, today announced a new partnership to help support their mutual goal -- building a robust clean energy economy to power America.
SEIA and COSEIA Applaud Colorado Public Utilities Commission Decision Expanding Solar*Rewards Program
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) today applauded a decision by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to increase the 2013 capacity of Xcel Energy’s popular Solar*Rewards program for small-sized solar installations throughout the state. In April, SEIA, the COSEIA, and Xcel Energy jointly proposed this capacity increase in order to avoid possible disruption to the successful program.
In recognition of the first ever intercontinental flight by a solar-powered airplane – as well as its historic flight across the United States – the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) presented its 2013 Innovators-of-the-Year Award to Dr. Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, co-founders and co-pilots of Solar Impulse.
This week Apple announced its plans to open a new factory in Mesa, Arizona — a facility that “will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one.” The move will bring a manufacturing boost to the state, creating 2,000 new jobs, all without requiring additional energy from Mesa.
The road to bringing more distributed solar into the utility resource mix runs through long-term planners.
At Solar Power International in Chicago, you may have noticed that the solar industry consists of an amazing array of types and sizes of companies. At Solar Marketing Group, I am lucky to get to work with companies that run the gamut of the solar space and while these companies have their own unique needs, one thread connects us all: We all benefit from growing the amount of solar installed. The industry’s growth comes from a lot of different things, but all of these factors can be spurred or thwarted by political action (or inaction, as the case may be).
The mindbogglingly large number of people in the world–1.3 billion–without access to electricity is providing a growing market opportunity for a lot of social entrepreneurs. I just wrote about one, Nokero, selling solar-powered light bulbs.
US Senator for Colorado, Mark Udall and his cousin, Tom Udall, senator for New Mexico have teamed up to introduce legislation that would set renewable energy targets for utilities.
The legislation introduces the first national threshold, for utilities to purchase 25% of their energy from renewable resources by 2025.