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:
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Job growth in 2013 stayed sluggish for much of the American economy.
But for solar companies, it was a banner year.
OK, so the city of Boulder wants more renewable energy. Great, then why do they want to buy the local electric distribution from Xcel? Buying the wires and the distribution system does nothing to bring more renewable energy on the grid. That will require additional expense and further delay.
I am a sucker for data visualization graphics, especially if the data being visualized is related to energy innovation.
Needless to say, I was thrilled to discover a dynamic mapping of the geographic history of thin-film solar cell innovation developed by researchers at the University of Amsterdam.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With widespread U.S. concerns over India’s trade practices and policies, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) – along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and nearly 40 other leading American business groups – are urging Vice President Biden to raise these concerns during his visit to India later this month. This letter was delivered to the vice president this morning.
Washington, DC – Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement after Gina McCarthy was confirmed today by the Senate as the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
Washington, D.C. – With momentum now building in the Senate, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) says it’s time to finally pass energy efficiency legislation in Congress. Today, SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement:
“Improved energy efficiency should be a national priority. Today, there’s a never-ending list of low-cost, off-the-shelf technologies which can improve energy efficiency and pay for themselves over a short period time.
Reacting to Arizona Public Service’s (APS’) recommendations to the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) on net energy metering, Carrie Cullen Hitt, senior vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association, released the following statement:
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today released the following statement in response to yesterday’s decision by the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to add 525 megawatts (MW) of new solar energy development through the state:
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.