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In yet another record-breaking year, the solar industry in the United States installed 7,286 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2015. GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced the historic figures today ahead of the March 9 release of the U.S. Solar Market Insight report.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the U.S. solar energy industry, announced today that Mortenson Construction, one of the largest construction firms in the United States, has joined SEIA’s board. Senior Vice President, Jim Yowan, will serve as a director.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced today that it has named long time journalist and communications professional Dan Whitten as its Vice President of Communications.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today revealed the Finger Lakes Wine Region will be the latest recipient of its prestigious Solar Champion Award – an honor bestowed upon entities or individuals who have helped strengthen solar power in America.
Upon publication today of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan in the Federal Register, Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) issued the following statement:
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) applauded the Florida Supreme Court for “being on the right side of history” today in ruling in favor of the Floridians for Solar Choice Amendment.
Ygrene Energy Fund Partners With Solar Roof Dynamics To Bring Affordable Financing To Rooftop Solar In California
According to an NREL report, about half the cost of a residential solar installation is non-hardware soft costs. Reducing those costs is the mission of Sighten, a software tool set for solar installers. Co-Founder and CEO, Conlan O’Leary explains, “To date, most solar companies and financing providers have had to use horizontal software like Microsoft Excel or had to build software of their own. Those approaches were ultimately too unwieldy, inefficient and not scalable.” O’Leary says Sighten is on a mission to reduce the soft costs.
After more than five months of listening to both pros and cons, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally closed the public comment period on its proposed plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants. Now it’s time for the EPA to make a good plan even better.
Under the leadership of Governor Deval Patrick, who leaves office in early January, Massachusetts has become a national leader in the deployment of solar energy.
With the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) annual meeting kicking off on Saturday, I wanted to take a moment to welcome the commissioners to San Francisco and talk a little about how important solar power is to the health of our nation, our economy and our grid.
It’s time for Washington to change the way it does business.
With widespread voter dissatisfaction evident in Tuesday’s national and state elections, we need a new approach – and a more collaborative approach – when it comes to solving many of our nation’s pressing problems.
When it comes to meeting the United States’ future carbon reduction goals, Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz says solar energy is “critical” to these plans.
Secretary Moniz offered that acknowledgment as part of his keynote address this week in Las Vegas at Solar Power International (SPI), the largest solar trade show in America, co-sponsored by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
What do Walmart, Costco and Apple have in common besides selling cell phones and computers? These iconic brands, and many others like them, are all investing big in solar energy.
Did you know that there are more than 1,700 companies across the United States that specialize in solar heating and cooling (SHC) systems?
Or that SHC is the most efficient renewable technology for generating thermal heat?
Or that SHC costs are as low as 6 cents per kilowatt (kWh) hour?
Boosted by our exploding popularity on Facebook, SEIA’s social media efforts have been ranked #1 in the nation among trade associations with up to 100 employees, according to the 2014 Social Media Report published by Association Trends, a division of Columbia Books, Inc. SEIA was also ranked #2 nationally when compared to all other energy trade associations, coming in just behind the American Petroleum Institute (API).
In a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind study released today, America’s K-12 schools have shown explosive growth in their use of solar energy over the last decade, soaring from 303 kilowatts (kW) of installed capacity to 457,000 kW, while reducing carbon emissions by 442,799 metric tons annually – the equivalent of saving 50 million gallons of gasoline a year or taking nearly 100,000 cars off U.S. highways.
This was a huge week for fans of clean energy. First, Telsa Motors announced that it would build a new factory in Nevada, employing 6,500 workers. Then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed to hold a vote later this year on green energy tax credits. That important announcement was quickly followed by news that the U.S. solar market hit a major milestone in the second quarter of this year with more than half a million homes and businesses now generating solar energy.