Calling it a “huge momentum boost,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today praised two Florida newspapers, The Gainesville Sun and Ocala Star-Banner, for their editorial support of a pro-solar, statewide ballot initiative organized by Floridians for Solar Choice.
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Sunrun announced a partnership with the Westfield Corporation to bring interactive stations to malls in New York and California. Beginning this week, Westfield malls will unveil stations that educate consumers on the ease and cost savings of making the switch to solar, and provide customized home proposals in minutes.
Right now, the ITC is 30%, but it’s set to drop to 10% for utility-scale and commercial projects (and will disappear completely for residential projects) in 2016. The last time the expiration date loomed in 2008, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) fought hard and succeeded in getting it extended until 2016. President Obama recently called for a permanent extension of the ITC, which was music to most solar industry ears, writes Tony Clifford, CEO of Standard Solar and SEIA board member.
Hoboken-based Locus Energy announced that its fleet has surpassed the milestone of 1 gigawatt of solar capacity in the United States.
Trina Solar Ltd., the biggest supplier of solar panels, rose the most in a year after shipments in the first quarter beat its own forecast by as much as 22 percent and margins increased.
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) today announced the end of the successful Commonwealth Solar II program, which will have provided rebates for more than 13,000 solar electric systems at homes, public buildings, and small businesses across the Commonwealth since 2010.
In a move toward clarifying the tax code, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced that clarification of sales tax treatment for solar energy will be included in his budget proposal being sent to the state legislature. After reviewing the proposal, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC - As expected, the U.S. International Trade Commission today upheld the imposition of tariffs against Chinese and Taiwanese solar products, as part of a 2014 investigation into allegations of unfair trade practices. After the decision was announced, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released the following statement:
Citing its continued growth, President Obama once again has singled out solar energy 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:
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, announced today that sPower, a leading renewable energy provider, has joined SEIA's board. Ryan Creamer, sPower's CEO, will serve as a director. Creamer has more than 20 years’ experience successfully pioneering the energy sector.
The largest solar panel installer in Arizona, SolarCity will relocate at least 85 of 900 Arizona workers out of state. The company cited recently approved increases on solar fees by Salt River Project as a reason for the personnel shift.
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Hannah Solar and the U.S. Navy partner with Mississippi Power to help develop largest utility-scale solar projects in the state
Mississippi Power announced they are partnering with Hannah Solar, Strata Solar, and the U.S. Navy to build solar systems at two different locations in the company’s service territory. These projects would represent the largest solar installations in Mississippi with a combined total of approximately 53 megawatts.
Cutting costs has been the key to solar’s rapid expansion this decade. The lion’s share of cost reductions in the solar industry has come from reductions in module prices. The U.S. $4 per watt you’d have paid in 2006 for modules alone gets you the entire residential solar system installed today, writes Andrew Savage, chief strategy officer of AllEarth Renewables and board member of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
Calling it a huge incentive tied to Texas jobs and economic prosperity, James D. Steffes, CEO of Circular Energy, included his signature on a letter to Texas Senator John Cornyn concerning extending the 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for commercial and residential solar users.