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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today commended Senate Democrats, including Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and more, for their thoughtful inclusion of smart, job-creating clean energy incentives in their newly-announced energy policy bill.
NRG Energy announced plans Sept. 18 for a major corporate restructuring, separating its clean energy business from its traditional generation and electricity retailing subsidiary. NRG's new "GreenCo" unit will include its rooftop solar business, electric vehicle charging initiatives, and its large-scale renewable energy developing business. Beginning in January 2016, that division will operate separately from the company's traditional wholesale generation and retail business.
When EnergySage CEO Vikram Aggarwal looked at the results of his company's solar-homeowner survey conducted earlier this year, he was happy to see they validated his instincts. In one question, the 4,000 homeowners who participated were asked where they got the idea to buy solar. Only 30 percent of them said they were influenced by an advertisement or solar company salesperson. The other 70 percent said they started their solar journey through an internet search, social media, news stories, personal recommendations or a community event.
Boosted by its exploding popularity on Facebook, the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) 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).
WASHINGTON, DC - Calling it an “important step forward,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is applauding a new initiative announced by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to install more than 6,000 kilowatts (kW) of solar power on public schools across the city.
Washington, DC – Calling for “clear, credible and consistent signals from policy makers,” the International Energy Agency (IEA) today released two reports saying solar could be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050. Solar Energy Industries Association president and CEO Rhone Resch welcomed the reports, noting that solar is already the fastest growing renewable energy source in the U.S. and accounted for more than 50 percent of new generation capacity in the first half of 2014.
Encouraged by smart, effective public policies, more and more Maryland K-12 schools are turning to solar to power their classrooms, save money and help the environment, according to a newly-released nationwide study.
Bolstered by the NY-Sun initiative, as well as by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s continued commitment to renewable energy, New York’s K-12 schools could save a nearly a half a billion dollars over 30 years by utilizing solar energy, according to a newly-released nationwide study. New York City alone could save $209 million.
More than 10 years ago, people started asking how their food was made. Today, we want people to start asking how their power is made.
ET Solar Group Corp. (Nanjing, China) on August 14th, 2015 announced at an event in Monterrey, Mexico that it has launched a new generation of smart photovoltaic (PV) modules named the "ET Smart Flex."
Lancaster’s new, locally-operated, locally-controlled clean power provider, announced yesterday that it has awarded sPower, a prominent renewable energy company, a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to provide 10MWac of solar power.
Chinese PV manufacturer JA Solar has started volume production of a standard 60-cell double-glass module that also meets IEC standards for 1,500V applications, widely adopted in US utility-scale projects.
California-based NEXTracker Inc. and PES Engineers Pvt Ltd have signed a 400-MW master supply agreement, teaming up to offer solar trackers and installation services for major projects in India.