In a significant ruling handed down today, a panel of judges at the World Trade Organization (WTO) accused the United States of violating global trade rules when it imposed punitive import duties in 2012 on many Chinese products, including solar panels. After the decision was announced, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), issued the following statement:
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In a setback to the regulated utility model, the Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that a power purchase agreement (PPA) between the city of Dubuque and Eagle Point Solar does not violate state law. Regulated utility companies had fought the arrangement, claiming to have exclusive rights to sell to customers in their service areas. Today, Iowa’s high court disagreed.
Following the success of PV America last month in Boston, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has announced a new, regional trade show. Solar Power Mid-Atlantic, co-sponsored by SEIA and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sept. 9 and 10, 2014 and will showcase 25 exhibitors along with a day and a half of educational programming.
A new independent study prepared for the Nevada Public Utilities Commission estimates that the grid benefits of rooftop solar systems installed in the state through 2016 will outweigh costs by more than $36 million, confirming that solar energy can provide real savings for both solar and non-solar customers alike.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced it has joined Women in Solar Energy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and membership organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in one of the fastest-growing industries in the country.
“SEIA takes great pride in being a founding corporate member of Women in Solar Energy,” said SEIA president and CEO Rhone Resch. “We recognize the great strides the solar industry has taken in terms of reaching out to women, and we look forward to continued progress.”
Calling it “a huge step backward,” Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), said President Obama’s 2015 fiscal year budget, which was unveiled today, would severely damage the U.S. solar industry by eliminating the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and replacing it with a refundable Production Tax Credit (PTC) at the end of 2016.
Continuing its explosive growth, the U.S. solar industry had a record-shattering year in 2013.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reacting to the announcement that two solar energy projects located near the Nevada-California border have been approved as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, create jobs and move our economy toward clean energy sources, Ken Johnson, vice president of communications for the Solar Energy Industries Association, issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC - In response to Thursday's announcement of the 20 collegiate teams selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015, Tom Kimbis, vice president of executive affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association, released the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC – In response to the Department of Energy’s announcement today that its decade-long solar SunShot Initiative is more than 60 percent of the way to achieving “cost-competitive utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity,” Tom Kimbis, vice president of executive affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), issued the following statement:
Recurrent Energy is to build 150MW of grid-competitive solar in Texas.
The company has arranged a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Austin Energy. It will feed into the unregulated Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) grid, which supplies 75% of the state.
A manufacturer of renewable energy equipment has found a formula to get its employees to save energy: a $6,000 annual bonus, offset with a carbon tax.
David Blittersdorf, CEO at AllEarth Renewables, said he has long tried to walk the talk as a maker of renewable energy equipment. In 2011, he proposed a car tax on his 31 employees, but some balked and helped brainstorm another solution.
Solar energy installer SolarCity has announced it is now taking orders for installations in the US state of Nevada.
The company said free solar panel installations are now available in Las Vegas, offering solar electricity for less than US$30 a month.
SolarCity claimed this is less than utility prices and home owners can access to its design and installation services as well as financing and insurance with monitoring and a performance guarantee.
General Electric Co. (GE) is investing $24 million in India’s largest solar-power plant, drawn by what it called the technology’s “incredible potential” in the nation.
The investment by GE’s financial services unit in Welspun Energy Ltd.’s 151-megawatt photovoltaic plant is the U.S. company’s first in the local solar industry. GE said this week that it plans to invest more than $1 billion a year globally in renewable projects that promise “very significant returns.”
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A map highlighting the Solar Energy Industries Association’s top solar states by capacity seems to forget the middle of the country. But it’s true: The Midwest trails other parts of the country largely because the region didn’t keep moving forward with solar policy. Instead, policy became stagnant or even regressive. There is a bright spot, however: Minnesota is lighting the path for solar in the Midwest.