Utility regulators planted the seeds Thursday to sprout community solar gardens across the service territory of Minnesota’s largest electric utility. At least a dozen renewable energy companies are gearing up to develop solar gardens for Xcel Energy customers. Under rules that won preliminary approval from the state Public Utilities Commission, the companies soon can begin promoting clean energy under a business model that has been popular in Colorado and other states.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reacting to the announcement that two solar energy projects located near the Nevada-California border have been approved as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, create jobs and move our economy toward clean energy sources, Ken Johnson, vice president of communications for the Solar Energy Industries Association, issued the following statement:
On February 13, 2014, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz helped celebrate the official opening of Ivanpah, the world's largest concentrating solar power plant.
WASHINGTON, DC - In response to Thursday's announcement of the 20 collegiate teams selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015, Tom Kimbis, vice president of executive affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association, released the following statement:
A new report from The Solar Foundation (TSF), a national non-profit research organization, finds more than 4,100 Texans are now working in the solar power industry, marking a 28 percent increase in solar jobs in one year. In addition, Texas has moved up to sixth place in national rankings for solar jobs, from eighth in 2012.
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement today after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark energy legislation AB 327 into law:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A key new report offering a standardized approach to determining the benefits and costs of distributed generation (DG) was released today by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC). After reviewing the report, SEIA Sr. Vice President Carrie Cullen Hitt issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As a way to help bolster the U.S. economy, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today 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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The long-awaited Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) staff report on Net Energy Metering (NEM) has affirmed several key positions taken by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) in a recent filing before the commission.
After the report was issued, Carrie Cullen Hitt, SEIA Sr. Vice President for State Affairs, released the following statement:
One of the residential solar industry’s ongoing challenges surrounds standardizing and speeding up the time it takes to get installations approved and in place. One small installer in San Diego is viewing this problem through a different lens..
Call it the “icing on the cake.” Right before America’s solar energy industry closed the books on a record-shattering year in 2013, we successfully convinced the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve a new rule that will expedite and reduce the cost of solar project interconnections, while maintaining the reliability and safety of the electric grid.
The nuns of Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey have been working the land for more than six decades, so they see their latest venture — having more than 20,000 solar panels installed in a field on the Trappistine order’s property — as one more way of working in concert with nature.
It just takes one well-placed round to turn a routine refueling mission into a disaster. Sadly those disasters have happened all too frequently as America's fuel convoys have become one of the most sought after targets for our nation's foes.
The first inklings of the idea came to Elon Musk and a cousin in an R.V. heading to the Burning Man festival in 2004. Solar energy, they agreed, could be big.