Calling it "critically important to America's future," the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today launched a national campaign to extend the 30 percent solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) past 2016.
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The following remarks were given Oct. 20, 2014.
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RALEIGH, NC - National and regional experts in clean energy development outlined the path to continuing momentum for North Carolina investments in solar and wind, in a press teleconference Thursday.
The conversation follows the just-released Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)’s annual Solar Means Business report.
WASHINGTON, DC - More than 500 solar industry leaders from hundreds of businesses issued a letter to the White House today, endorsing limits on carbon pollution from power plants and advocating that solar energy become a focal point of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.
WASHINGTON, DC - Reflective of the growing popularity and increasing growth of solar nationwide, many of America’s leading Fortune 100 companies continue to significantly ramp up their use of clean solar energy, according to the 3rd annual Solar Means Business report, which was released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
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.
The panel session "Commercial & Industrial Customer: Seeing is Believing" will be held on Wednesday October 15, 2014 at 2:15pm during the Maryland Clean Energy Summit. The session is sponsored by groSolar and includes panelist Tim Heinle, groSolar's Director of Business Development.
Lincoln Center officials say the 36 solar panels — on the roof of the Rose Building, on West 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue — represent another step in their campaign to go green.... The solar array was arranged through the same company behind the wind-power contract, Green Mountain Energy, and was paid for with federal and state grants. A $100,000 donation also came from Sun Club, a program run by Green Mountain that donates solar power to nonprofit groups.
SEIA CEO Rhone Resch set the stage for the work ahead of Women in Solar, quoting from recent Solar Foundation data that shows that women make up less than 19% of the solar workforce.... SEIA has signed on as a founding sponsor of Women in Solar and has been joined recently by generous gifts from Clean Power Finance, SunPower, and ViaSys.
L.A.’s ReGreen handles multiple large projects by letting the clients set the agendas.
Gestamp Solar signed a USD 28 Million contract with Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), an important oil company headquartered in Kuwait. It is a subsidiary of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, the Government company and is the world's fourth-largest oil exporter. The object of the contract is the engineering, the construction and the operation and maintenance of a the first utility scale photovoltaic plant in Kuwait called Umm Gudair Field a name which honors the region where it is located.
Two recent developments clearly demonstrate why America remains “bullish” on solar energy. But they’re also vivid reminders of why we need to remain vigilant. As an organization, and as an industry, too much is at stake for us to become complacent. As the old saying goes on Capitol Hill: “What Congress giveth, Congress can taketh away.”
If you listen to many utility executives, distributed solar energy has the potential to destabilize electrical grids and result in huge cost shifts for many American consumers. Well, as the Irish are fond of saying: blarney!
Over the next 12 months, I am going to challenge our SEIA Board and team to articulate a vision and to plan a path to a world where solar is one of the top three energy sources globally. Executing against that vision and path will keep our industry among the fastest-growing in the world today.
"Cathedral thinking" refers to deep dedication to a complex endeavor that will outlive its architects. Today, it's imperative to apply this philosophy to the global crisis of climate change -- a threat that has taken centuries to create and will require unprecedented, strategic engagement of mankind to resolve.
With the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issuing its first-ever rule limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants, many policymakers in Congress and state capitals are wondering: How can states meet the proposed standards most cost effectively?
Republicans, Democrats, and Independents can get behind two affordable, reliable, and business-friendly solutions that are ready today – American wind and solar power.
In a deeply troubling decision, the U.S. Department of Commerce today imposed new tariffs on solar modules from China that threaten to derail the rapid growth of the U.S. solar industry.
In the ongoing war on pollution, there’s an increasingly bright light shining through the haze: solar energy.
Arno Harris, SEIA Board Chairman and Nat Kreamer, SEIA Board Vice Chairman, write that under SEIA president and CEO Rhone Resch, SEIA has helped our industry achieve an impressive list of policy successes, allowing solar to become one of the fastest-growing industries in America, as well as the fastest-growing source of renewable energy.
Today, President Obama announced at a Walmart in California that 300 leading U.S. companies have taken the “solar pledge,” committing to install nearly 1 gigawatt (GW) of new solar as part of their business plans. For America’s solar energy industry, this is like getting a triple-A investment rating from Moody’s or Standard and Poor’s. Solar has become a ‘street-smart’ investment. These companies are expanding their use of solar because it makes sense from both a business and social responsibility viewpoint. Having worked closely with both the Administration and the private sector to increase the use of clean, reliable solar nationwide, SEIA applauds this exciting, new initiative, and we look forward to assisting commercial businesses, home builders, rural coops, governmental entities and America’s financial community in bringing these new solar installations online.
As expected, a non-partisan committee of experts released its 148-page National Climate Assessment (NCA) report today, offering the starkest warning yet about the dangers of climate change. After reading the report, I was left with one inescapable conclusion: We’re in real trouble unless we dramatically ramp up our efforts to curb pollution.