New York’s aggressive efforts to expand its clean energy economy are continuing to produce impressive results, with the state ranking third in the nation in new solar capacity during the first quarter of 2015. New York trailed only California and Nevada in Q1, according to the recently released U.S. Solar Market Insight Report compiled by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
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SolarCity aims to tap a potentially big new market: renters. The No. 1 U.S. residential solar installer announced that it will develop a series of community solar installations — that it refers to as "solar gardens" — to enable apartment dwellers, schools and others with shaded roofs in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area to purchase renewable energy without installing solar panels on their properties.
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Continuing its strong growth from 2014, Nevada ranked second in the nation in new solar capacity added in the first quarter of this year, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight Report compiled by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
First Solar, Inc.today announced it has set yet another world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) module conversion efficiency, achieving 18.6% aperture efficiency for an advanced full size module. For the first time ever, First Solar has demonstrated a record module that is more efficient than the best multi-crystalline module recorded.
WASHINGTON, DC - Growing at an annual rate of more than 20 percent – far outpacing the growth of the overall U.S. economy, a new report released today shows that the U.S. solar industry added more than 31,000 jobs in 2014, bringing total employment in the sector to 173,807 workers. The results were released by The Solar Foundation (TSF), a widely-respected, non-profit organization.
WASHINGTON, DC - A new study released today by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center finds that investing in a 5 kilowatt solar system can be a better deal than investing in a stock market index fund in 46 of America’s 50 largest cities.
WASHINGTON, DC - Calling it “groundbreaking,” Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), today praised plans by Fortune 500 company Ecolab, a global leader in hygiene, energy and water technologies, to go “all solar” at its worldwide Minnesota corporate headquarters. According to the company, Ecolab will acquire 16 megawatts (MW) of electricity from a 200 MW community solar garden, which is being developed by SEIA-member company SunEdison.
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin was sworn in today for a third term and used his inaugural address, among other things, to outline an ambitious plan to increase the use of solar energy and other renewables across the state. Following his remarks, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement:
Blattner Energy has joined the board of directors for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, SEIA announced today. A premier EPC contractor in renewable energy construction, Blattner Energy has more than a century of experience leveraging new technologies and applying core competencies in emerging markets.
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.
Southern California Edison (SCE) has awarded SunEdison Inc. contracts to build 33 MW of distributed generation (DG) solar in the utility company's latest round of solar procurement.