One of the residential solar industry’s ongoing challenges surrounds standardizing and speeding up the time it takes to get installations approved and in place. One small installer in San Diego is viewing this problem through a different lens..
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WASHINGTON, DC – SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch today praised President Obama’s decision to move forward with the first Quadrennial Energy Review:
Albany, NY – SEIA and Vote Solar today congratulated Gov. Cuomo and the State of New York on their continued commitment to solar initiatives, which have significantly increased solar installations across the state, supported thousands of local jobs and increased energy resilience. The Governor confirmed that solar energy remains a priority for his administration in today’s 2014 State of the State address.
Call it the “icing on the cake.” Right before America’s solar energy industry closed the books on a record-shattering year in 2013, we successfully convinced the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve a new rule that will expedite and reduce the cost of solar project interconnections, while maintaining the reliability and safety of the electric grid.
The nuns of Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey have been working the land for more than six decades, so they see their latest venture — having more than 20,000 solar panels installed in a field on the Trappistine order’s property — as one more way of working in concert with nature.
WASHINGTON, DC – Carrie Cullen Hitt, SEIA Senior Vice President of State Affairs, released the following statement today, applauding the California Legislature for its continued support of solar deployment statewide:
WASHINGTON, DC – SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch issued the following statement today after California lawmakers gave final approval to sweeping energy legislation:
WASHINGTON, D.C. AND BOSTON, MA — GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) today release U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2nd Quarter 2013, the definitive analysis of solar power markets in the U.S., with strategic state-specific data for 28 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement after learning of the tragic deaths of two First Solar construction supervisors in a plane crash near the Desert Sunlight solar facility in Riverside County, California.
Washington, DC – SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch issued the following statement today after learning the White House has begun installing solar panels “to improve overall energy efficiency” of America’s most famous building:
An idea is like a tiny seed. When planted in a creative mind and adequately fed, it takes root and flourishes. Like a seed, successfully deploying high-impact, cost-effective solar technologies requires a strong support system to facilitate its growth.
Homeowners across the United States have begun a rooftop solar revolution. Since 2000, more than 1,460 megawatts of residential solar installations have been installed across the country, and more than 80 percent of that capacity was added in the past four years. In 2012 alone, rooftop solar installations reached 488 megawatts, a 62 percent increase over 2011 installations and nearly double the installed capacity added in 2010.
The media has recently been full of stories about electric utilities being nervous and down right reactionary to adding solar (and wind) on the electric grid. On October 15th, The Huffington Post’s story on the Hawaii Electric Company (HECO) reported, “hundreds of Oahu customers have gotten burned in their transition to solar. They have gotten caught in limbo since September 6 when HECO changed the rules for connecting solar systems.”
In northern New Mexico the sun shines nearly every day of the year. If solar energy is going to be viable anywhere, it will be here—and a small electric cooperative in historic Taos is taking advantage of it. In addition to supporting new solar projects in its service area, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative is offering its customers the opportunity to buy solar energy from “plots” in a “garden” of solar power generation.
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.