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WASHINGTON, DC - Growing at an annual rate of more than 20 percent – far outpacing the growth of the overall U.S. economy, a new report released today shows that the U.S. solar industry added more than 31,000 jobs in 2014, bringing total employment in the sector to 173,807 workers. The results were released by The Solar Foundation (TSF), a widely-respected, non-profit organization.
WASHINGTON, DC - A new study released today by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center finds that investing in a 5 kilowatt solar system can be a better deal than investing in a stock market index fund in 46 of America’s 50 largest cities.
With projected savings in some cases as high as $1.5 million, a new cost-saving report released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) demonstrates the many benefits achieved by utilizing innovative solar and heating cooling (SHC) systems on U.S. businesses and commercial buildings.
The first-of-its-kind report, which focused on both cost and energy savings, was conducted with the help of the U.S. Solar Heating & Cooling Alliance, a division of SEIA. Today, there are more than 1,700 companies nationwide that specialize in SHC technologies.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) today announced that U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will keynote the general session at Solar Power International (SPI) in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Wednesday, Oct. 22. In his cabinet role, Dr. Moniz implements critical Department of Energy (DOE) missions in support of President Obama’s goals of growing the economy, enhancing security and protecting the environment.
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.
PosiGen has grown quickly, employing 165 workers and installing more than 4,000 systems total. It expanded to New York and Connecticut this year, adding to its offices in the New Orleans area, Baton Rouge, Houma and Shreveport. On Sept. 15, PosiGen announced more than $40 million in financing to help fund its expansion plans in Louisiana and nationwide.
Arizona Forward Presents Top Environmental Award to Solana Generating Station, World’s Largest Solar Plant of its Kind
The Solana Generating Station has earned the coveted President’s Award (Best of Show) in Arizona Forward’s 34th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards, held in partnership with SRP. Abengoa Solar and APS also won the Governor’s Award for Energy and Technological Innovation.
Vivint Solar, the rooftop power producer owned by Blackstone Group LP, is seeking to raise as much as $371 million from its initial public offering.
Vivint Solar plans to offer 20.6 million shares at $16 to $18 each, according to a filing today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Bank of America Corp. and Credit Suisse Group AG are leading the deal.
About half the loan guarantees announced Thursday are designated for FLS Energy in Asheville, which is developing more than 40 megawatts of solar energy at numerous facilities in the state.
If Messrs. Musk and Rive can achieve their shared vision, the result will be a transformation of the world's, or at least America's, energy infrastructure. The companies the two men run— Tesla Motors Inc. and solar energy system provider SolarCity Corp. —are uniquely compatible.