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WASHINGTON, DC – Did you know that solar energy in the United States is now generating enough electricity to power 2 million American homes, including the White House? Or that the payback on installing a home heating and cooling system (SHC) can be as little as four years? Would you be surprised to learn leading blue chip companies like Walmart, Apple, Costco, Kohl’s and IKEA are saving big bucks by installing rooftop solar? Or that just one utility-scale solar facility can power 170,000 homes?
WASHINGTON, DC – Saying “solar makes sense,” leading businesses and environmental groups will join hundreds of thousands of people across the United States and around the world in support of the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) National “Shout Out For Solar” Day – set for Friday and taking place on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.
Supported by both business and environmental groups, hundreds of thousands of people from across the United States and around the world are expected to take part in the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) National “Shout Out For Solar” Day – set for Friday, January 24, and taking place on Facebook, Twitter and other social media venues.
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:
SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch congratulates President Obama on his selection of Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn (USN, ret.) to serve as the Navy’s new assistant secretary for energy, installations and the environment.
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.
We typically see photovoltaic panels up on roofs, as they're broad, open surfaces that receive a lot of sunlight. You know what else spends a lot of time in the scorching sun, though? Sidewalks. With that in mind, a team at Washington DC's The George Washington University has created what is claimed to be "the first walkable solar-paneled pathway in the world."
Some of the most vulnerable places in the world to live in the face of climate change are islands. Rising sea levels, contaminated ground water, and increasing severity of storms are just some of the many threats to island communities. Many island residents also pay extremely high energy prices, due to limited domestic resources and the need to import fuel long distances. Switching to renewable energy can not only decrease fuel expenditures for many island populations, but can also show the world what can be done in the face of climate change.
Residential solar power has become increasingly affordable over the past few years as an environmentally friendly, cost-saving alternative to traditionally sources of energy. But the barriers to entry can still be too high for low-income communities, which is where solar non-profits like GRID Alternatives come in.