WASHINGTON, DC – As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed new regulations under the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants, the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the United States, by 30 percent by 2030. After that announcement was made, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement:
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U.S. Residential Solar PV Installations Exceeded Commercial Installations for the First Time in Q1 2014
Driven by strong year-over-year growth in the utility and residential markets, the United States installed 1,330 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the first quarter of 2014. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industry Association’s (SEIA) Q1 2014 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, the U.S. installed 232 megawatts of residential PV, exceeding the non-residential (commercial) market’s 225 megawatts for the first time in the history of the report.
First Solar Inc. said Friday it sold the 50-megawatt Macho Springs solar power plant to Southern Power Electric Power Co., a subsidiary of Southern Co., and Turner Renewable Energy. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Power from the plant, which is located in New Mexico, will be sold to El Paso Electric under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
One of the world’s leading developers of solar energy says that solar tower technology with storage will be competitive with baseload gas generation by 2020, and able to perform similar functions without the emissions.
Abengoa, the Spanish owned developer of a range of concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies, as well as solar PV, says the dramatic falls in capital costs, and rising efficiency levels, means that large scale CSP will be competing with combined cycle gas turbines on cost, efficiency, and utility by the end of the decade.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Concerned of a ripple effect across the entire U.S. solar energy industry, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), has warned SEIA’s membership that the worsening solar dispute between the United States and China threatens the future progress of solar energy in America:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reacting to news that Mike Boots has been selected to become acting chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced a new industry commitment to quality solar workforce training, working with the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Giving his own “shout out for solar,” President Obama praised the U.S. solar industry in his annual State of the Union speech. Afterward, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC - Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today in support of efforts by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods:
Once all its costs are accounted for, the price of commercial solar power has pulled even with retail electricity rates in Italy and Germany, according to a new report.
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A new state law encouraging the growth of alternative energy sources has spurred several proposals to create solar power “gardens” in Minnesota, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The law, which was enacted last year, allows independent businesses and groups to set up arrays of solar panels and then sell the power directly to local customers. Such arrangements would allow consumers to purchase solar power without having to install solar panels on their homes.
Nevada is being called a leader in renewable energy. And lawmakers say that's good for taxpayers.
Despite all the excitement surrounding solar energy over the last couple of decades, the technology has yet to go mainstream. However, that is slowly starting to change. Perhaps the biggest reason for the slow spread of solar energy has been the high cost associated with converting a household to take advantage of solar energy.
Distributed generation in the form of wind, landfill gas, and cogeneration got a mention, but solar by far is attracting the most attention from cooperatives and legislators, a panel of experts told the co-op crowd. The panelists also informed co-ops that distributed generation is coming. They were told that it is best to get in front of it and that co-ops should develop their own DG projects.