WASHINGTON, D.C. – Calling it “unfair to families, businesses and churches,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is urging West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to veto HB 2201, which could jeopardize the future of rooftop solar in the state by rewriting West Virginia’s net-metering policies. Rhone Resch, SEIA president and CEO, said the legislation needs to be revised before becoming law:
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A new report from Duke University, The Solar Economy: Widespread Benefits for North Carolina, found that public policies such as North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and Investment Tax Credit have made North Carolina first in the south and fourth in the nation for installed solar investment, creating jobs and boosting the economy across the state.
The City of Tybee Island and Chatham County announced Atlanta-based Hannah Solar, LLC as the winning bidder to develop the community solar program, Solarize Tybee. Solarize Tybee, the first Solarize project in Georgia, allows residents and business owners to purchase solar at a lower cost through the power of bulk purchasing, which is estimated to bring the total cost down by 15-30%. The program was originally intended for just Tybee Island, but after an outpour of positive responses from citizens in the region, it has now spread throughout all of Chatham County.
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement following news that the United Steel Workers union has filed a Section 301 petition asking the U.S. Trade Representative to formally investigate China’s trade practices in the renewable energy sector.
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Rhone Resch today praised U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) for working with U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to select a site for the Solar Demonstration Zone Project. The two agencies chose a site that will take advantage of Nevada's world-class solar resources to highlight the latest innovations in solar technologies while creating clean energy jobs.
Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today after announcing an industry-wide goal of installing 10 gigawatts of solar capacity annually by 2015. Resch made the announcement during a presentation at the 35th IEEE Photovoltaics Specialist Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement in response to today’s announcement by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that it is developing new rules regarding transmission planning and cost allocation.
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement on today’s U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announcement of its rent policy for utility-scale solar power plants on federal lands.
Christian Science Monitor
A ravenous consumer of electricity, Google knows it must find a way to become more efficient and cleaner. Hundreds of thousands of its servers are partially dependent on fossil-fueled power. So just as it gained experience constructing and designing large-scale data centers over the years, the global leader in Internet technologies is now applying the same lessons to expand its use of renewable energy.
In state capitals across the country, legislators are debating proposals to roll back environmental rules, prodded by industry and advocacy groups eager to curtail regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse gases.
Global investment in clean energy rose nearly 10% in the first quarter of 2014, to $47.7 billion, due mainly to strong investments in small-scale solar in countries like Japan and the U.S., Bloomberg New Energy Finance said April 16.
The White House announced new initiatives to support more solar development this week. But the Department of Energy’s inspector general cast a cloud, with a report slamming a $68 million loan guarantee gone wrong—shades of the Solyndra failure.
However, solar has actually been growing by leaps and bounds. It provides a little less than 1 percent of U.S. electricity— enough to light more than two million households. Other numbers sound even more impressive.
The Augusta Chronicle
Georgia’s 225-percent increase in jobs related to the solar-energy industry is the highest in the nation as it plays catch-up to other states.
The jump comes largely from a combination of prices and Georgia Power’s program to add solar-generating capacity, according to Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association.