WASHINGTON, DC – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley today signed legislation that removes some restrictions on solar development and prompts utilities to invest in or acquire a certain amount of solar by 2021. In response to the bill becoming law, Carrie Cullen Hitt, senior vice president for state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association, issued the following statement:
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Cheaper, Reliable Renewable Energy Is Ready to Help States Meet EPA’s New Carbon Rule Cost-Effectively
Renewable energy industries have done their part to cut costs and are already helping every state make progress to cut their carbon emissions. Even better, these industries can help states make even more significant reductions, in accordance with the proposed rule – saving consumers money and driving local economic development in the process.
There were plenty of reasons for Great Bay Distributors to equip the roof of its new building with a solar power system, but Ron Petrini, CEO of the beverage supplier, sums it up this way: “It was the right thing to do.” “We didn’t start with the tax benefits and return on investment and work backwards,” he explained.
First Solar Inc. (FSLR), the largest U.S. solar-panel manufacturer, agreed to buy Skytron Energy from AEG Power Solutions GmbH to gain access to European photovoltaic power-plant control systems and expertise.
Skytron operates 600 solar power plants across Europe that generate about 5,000 megawatts of power, more than double the amount that First Solar currently manages, the Tempe, Arizona-based company said today in a statement. Terms weren’t disclosed.
The Weather Channel features SEIA member Hannah Solar and Atlanta's first "solar tree."
The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved a roadmap put forth by the Georgia Power Company for how the company intends to create one of the nation’s largest voluntarily-developed solar portfolios by an investor-owned utility.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today responded to the full results from The Solar Foundation’s (TSF) third annual National Solar Jobs Census, which details subsector job figures for the U.S. solar energy industry. The report shows the continued growth in U.S. solar jobs is led by system installers, sales and distribution, and other support services.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Carrie Cullen Hitt, vice president for state affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association released the following statement in response to the election of new commissioners to the Arizona Corporation Commission:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Carrie Cullen Hitt, vice president for State Affairs at The Solar Energy Industries Association released the following statement in response to passage of California Propositions 30 and 39 late yesterday:
“California voters not only modernized the state’s corporate tax structure by passing Prop 39, they indicated their strong support for renewable energy, including expanding solar energy and encouraging related investment over the next five years.”
WASHINGTON, DC — The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today released the following statement from president and CEO Rhone Resch in reaction to President Barack Obama’s re-election for a second term:
“SEIA congratulates President Barack Obama on his reelection. President Obama has been a tremendous supporter of solar energy and we look forward to continuing to work with the Obama Administration over the next four years.
In the past decade since we first launched our business, our economy has endured unprecedented challenges, and at long last, we seem to be recovering from the greatest recession of our time. If consumer confidence were the greatest indicator of fiscal heath, the general sentiment from our customers would serve as “proof positive” that we are moving forward.
Last Friday, July 12 the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) said it wants more solar—a lot more solar for the small island. The island’s electric utility announced its CLEAN Solar Initiative-II (CSI-11), a program that will provide a feed-in tariff for 100 megawatts of solar projects between 100 kilowatts and 2 megawatts. And that’s just for now. The utility also is planning to issue requests for proposal for another 300 megawatts of renewable energy.
The advance of solar power as an economically viable source of energy is a global issue.
But if there is a ground zero for solar’s evolution toward becoming a real alternative to carbon-based energy sources, it is Arizona. This state, by definition, should lead the way.
At first glance, it might seem obvious where the United States should focus on building more renewable energy. Stick the solar panels in sunny Arizona and hoist up the wind turbines on the gusty Great Plains, right?
China has raised its 2015 target for solar-electricity capacity, giving a shot in the arm to its solar companies, many of which are struggling due to industry overcapacity, slow global demand and overseas trade disputes.