The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced today that it has hired Evelyn Butler to run the trade association’s Codes & Standards work.
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With the price of solar power down significantly in recent years, how widespread is the use of solar in low-income communities and households? During today's OnPoint, Stanley Greschner, vice president of government relations and market development at GRID Alternatives, discusses his organization's new policy guide that seeks to open solar power and solar job access to low-income households throughout the United States.
Boviet Solar USA, a solely owned subsidiary of Powerway Group Co. and manufacturer of what they report is the largest, state-of-the-art solar cell and manufacturing facilities in Vietnam, announced today that its modules were tested by Intertek and have passed the industry’s highest long-term reliability tests, far exceeding the IEC standards.
New Bloomberg New Energy Finance Report Forecasts Strong, Steady Solar Growth -- with the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) Extended
A new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) predicts substantially more solar generating capacity will get built in the United States, and a major industry downturn will be avoided, if the federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) is extended at its current level.
In a strong show of leadership in the fastest-growing renewable energy industry in America, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today issued the SEIA Solar Business Code to further transparency and understanding in solar power transactions, while maintaining high levels of competiveness. The code is the first national guidance document covering interactions between solar companies and consumers and is effective immediately.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today praised the passage of California’s Senate Bill 350, the leadership of the bill’s sponsor and champion, Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leòn, and Gov. Jerry Brown, who earlier this year set out the ambitious vision of meeting 50 percent of the state’s electricity needs with renewable energy.
In an effort to open investment and financial innovation – and to focus that capability on historically underserved sectors of the solar economy – the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today launched the SEIA Finance Initiative.
Continuing on its record-breaking trajectory, the United States solar industry surpassed 20 gigawatts (GW) of total operational solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity during the second quarter of this year. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Q2 2015 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, the U.S. installed 1,393 megawatts[i] of PV last quarter, showcasing both annual and quarterly growth.
Soon after SolarCity acquired solar panel maker Silevo in the summer of 2014, it announced the construction of a 1.2-million-square-foot 'Solar Gigafactory' in Buffalo, New York. The Buffalo solar gigafactory aims to start producing solar cells in 2016, with a ramping up to 1 GW of annual capacity by 2017. If all goes well, the facility could eventually be expanded to 5 GW/year at some point. The solar cells produced there have a target price of around $0.50/watt, which would make them very competitive with other power sources.
An aquaponic nursery in Hawaii is using solar PV, battery storage and an energy management system to operate independently of the utility grid. EnSync Energy Systems says its energy management system has been operating continuously for four months, enabling Mari’s Garden to store power from its solar system and discharge it at a later time. Mari's Garden faces high energy consumption due to aquaponics on site that combine growing plants hydroponically with growing fish through aquaculture.
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Sunrun released its new app for iPhone and Android smart phones and tablets. The California solar installer released mySunrun as a new tool which integrates the power social media, along with analytics to give customers an engaging virtual experience. With mySunrun, customers can do many things. For starters, customers can check their solar electricity production on a weekly, monthly, or a yearly basis. This tool is especially handy if a client wants to check to see how much solar power they are producing at different periods of the year.
NEXTracker’s UL 3703 certification includes grounding through existing structural components without the need for additional dedicated grounding components like braids, straps or grounding washers. Evaluation included rigorous humidity and temperature cycling, rain tests, and safety testing for the electromechanical systems for NX Horizon’s unique self-powered controller. The certification also covers NX Horizon’s maximum system voltage of 1500V. This certification specifically addresses solar tracking system functions with respect to risk of electric shock, mechanical and fire hazards.
In China, 2013 is the year of the snake. But here in the United States, this may well go down as the year of the sun. A recent market analysis by GTM Research shows the U.S. market installed 832 megawatts (MW) of new photovoltaic (PV) installations in the second quarter of this year – a whopping 15 percent increase over the first three months of 2013.
Is that a light at the end of the tunnel?
An industry proposal aimed at ending a long-running solar trade dispute between the United States and China is gaining support among key lawmakers at both the state and federal levels, including the chairmen of the U.S. Senate Finance and Budget committees.
Trade disputes often have a nasty way of becoming trade wars.
At a time of heightened tensions in the Middle East – coupled with rising gasoline prices across the United States – there is finally some good news on the energy front. America’s solar energy industry is currently on pace to achieve a record-shattering year.
President Obama’s recent decision to install solar panels atop the White House is just the latest example of his strong commitment to U.S. leadership in solar energy and the jobs it will create here at home.
The member companies of the Solar Energy Industries Association strongly share that commitment. Covering every aspect of the solar pipeline, they employ more than 120,000 Americans – providing savings for homeowners, power for our military and a cleaner world for future generations.
The U.S. solar industry is booming. "U.S. [Residential] Installation Frequency Hits One Every Four Minutes," according to a recent article in PV-tech.org. That puts the US residential solar industry on track to install 128,000 systems in 2013, according to GTM Research (Q213). We have come a long way since 2007 when I sold the first residential solar power purchase agreement to a homeowner in Redwood City, CA.
When the U.S. Department of Energy held its first Solar Decathlon on the National Mall in 2002, Americans were growing nervous about energy issues for the first time in decades. Natural gas prices had skyrocketed, California had just recovered from rolling blackouts, and the events of 9/11 and our continued dependence on foreign energy sources were at the foreground in our minds.
Every day, I talk to groups and reporters about the amazing growth of solar all across the United States. But for the past week, there has been more buzz than ever about America’s solar industry because of the decision by President Obama to install solar panels on the White House.
Solar power is one of the cleanest, safest, and most abundant domestic energy sources available. In addition to helping power our homes, schools, and businesses, the U.S. solar industry strives to be a leader in sustainability among energy producers by ensuring environmental and social responsibility along the entire solar supply chain.
August 14, 2003, was a dark day in U.S. history – in a lot of different ways.
It started off as a quiet Thursday. Then a single tree limb in Ohio came crashing down, touching off a power outage which cascaded across eight states and parts of Canada, leaving 50 million Americans in the Northeast in the dark. Commuters were stranded. Businesses closed. People sweltered in the heat. And the U.S. economy took a huge beating, losing an estimated $10 billion.