You are here
SEIA is the solar energy industry’s go-to source for the latest coverage on solar power, including U.S. and international policy, research and polls, business and financing trends, and more. Our staff strives to support the media covering solar energy issues and guide our members on effective media outreach with clear statements, background materials, news and multimedia resources.
SEIA is committed to informing policymakers, the media, and the American public about the benefits of solar energy for today’s communities, our economy, and our country.
Learn more from our statements and industry news below.
Farmers in Japan can now generate solar electricity while growing crops on the same farmland. In April, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) approved the installation of PV systems on existing crop-producing farmland. Previously solar generation on farmland, productive or idle, was prohibited under the Agricultural Land Act.
This co-existence or double-generation is known as “Solar Sharing” in Japan. The concept was originally developed by Akira Nagashima in 2004, who was a retired agricultural machinery engineer who later studied biology and learned the “light saturation point.” The rate of photosynthesis increases as the irradiance level is increased; however at one point, any further increase in the amount of light that strikes the plant does not cause any increase to the rate of photosynthesis.
We typically see photovoltaic panels up on roofs, as they're broad, open surfaces that receive a lot of sunlight. You know what else spends a lot of time in the scorching sun, though? Sidewalks. With that in mind, a team at Washington DC's The George Washington University has created what is claimed to be "the first walkable solar-paneled pathway in the world."
Some of the most vulnerable places in the world to live in the face of climate change are islands. Rising sea levels, contaminated ground water, and increasing severity of storms are just some of the many threats to island communities. Many island residents also pay extremely high energy prices, due to limited domestic resources and the need to import fuel long distances. Switching to renewable energy can not only decrease fuel expenditures for many island populations, but can also show the world what can be done in the face of climate change.
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:
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced today it has elected the following individuals to serve on SEIA’s Board of Directors: Zachary Axelrod, founder and CEO of Skyline Innovations; Susan Brown, Principal at Brightenergy; Tony Clifford, CEO at Standard Solar Inc.; Todd Glass, Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC; and Ed Murray, President of Aztec Solar Inc.
U.S. Solar Energy Industry Sets Record for Installations, Achieves 140 Percent Annual Growth in Best Quarter Ever
The U.S. solar energy industry achieved a new record for installations and growth in the third quarter of 2011 thanks to utility-scale project completions, a strong residential market, effective policies and the plummeting price of solar panels, according to a report released today by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA(R)) and the Maryland, DC and Virginia SEIA (MDV-SEIA) today announced a formalized partnership to coordinate the resources of both organizations and promote the growth of the region’s solar energy market.
Coalition of Over 750 Companies, Small Businesses and Organizations Urge Congress to Extend Successful 1603 Treasury Program
Today, a coalition of more than 750 companies, small businesses and organizations will send a letter to Congress calling for a one-year extension of the Department of Treasury’s Section 1603 Program. The signatories on the letter represent hundreds of thousands of jobs in all 50 states across a dozen energy technology industries and related sectors including electrical contractors, roofers and engineers.
SEIA Supports APEC Leaders' Commitment to Expanding Trade and Investment in Environmental Goods and Services
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today in support of the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Declaration to advance trade and investment in environmental goods and services.
Tracer rounds from 50-caliber machine guns lit up the sky the night I landed at Baghdad International Airport.
The Arizona Republic
Arizona Public Service Co. and the solar industry have published conflicting studies estimating the value of rooftop solar panels, foreshadowing a debate that will determine the future of the budding solar industry in Arizona.
Sometime this summer, what had been 17 acres of useless space atop a capped landfill on Holyoke Street will start generating 2.7 megawatts of power with solar panels.
The Daily Beast
Can you force people to go green?
Two cities in the Golden State have recently made it mandatory that new homes install solar panels.
On Tuesday, Sebastapol, a small town in the Sonoma Valley, become the second city in the state to pass an ordinance requiring all new buildings and additions to put up solar voltaic panels.
The Solar Energy Industries Association says customers of Arizona Public Service Co. customers will get a $34 million annual benefit from the rooftop systems over the life of those systems.