Saying it will “benefit both the economy and environment,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has announced its strong support for legislation introduced by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), allowing the General Services Administration (GSA) to enter into 30-year renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPA). The GSA is an independent agency which manages and supports the basic functioning of the federal government, including procurement. Under current law, only the U.S. military can enter into power purchase agreements for longer than 10 years.
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Soltage LLC announced its distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) projects installed in 2014 generated 40,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of lifetime production to date.
Every week, The SEIA Solar Update includes top news stories covering the solar industry, major upcoming events, policy updates, and much more. This newsletter is open to SEIA Members and to the general public.
Calling it important to America’s energy future, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced its strong support today for legislation to create a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES). Introduced by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), the bill will help to create thousands of new American jobs, save consumers and businesses money and reduce pollution by requiring utilities to generate 30 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law consensus legislation which will make it easier and more affordable for homeowners, businesses, churches, schools, nonprofits, military facilities, and police and fire departments to install rooftop solar systems across the state. The Solar Power Free Market Financing Act is considered an important victory for property rights supporters, as well as solar advocates – and represents a bellwether of change in Georgia.
As part of Joining Forces, an initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to rally support for U.S. service members, veterans and their families, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today committed to having 50,000 veterans working in solar by 2020. The First Lady shared the news at an event this afternoon in Manassas, Virginia, which was part of a commitment made by several high-growth sectors of the U.S. economy, including solar.
In celebration of today’s 45th annual Earth Day, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) plans to mark the historic occasion every 2.5 minutes of every hour of the day, as a new solar installation is completed in America. What’s more, new figures from the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review show a record amount of new, clean solar energy coming online over the next 20 months, greatly benefitting the environment.
The first-ever “Quadrennial Energy Review” was released today by the Obama administration, calling for “significant change” to America’s aging energy infrastructure, including long overdue upgrades to the U.S. electric grid.
A new study released today by the Stanford Graduate School of Business predicts that the U.S. solar industry is “headed for a cliff” if the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is not extended. Even though the report touts the solar industry’s “dramatic growth,” it called for a phase down of the ITC without any examination of the current and past tax treatments of established energy sources. Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), called that omission a “fatal flaw” which ignores how Congress has used the U.S. Tax Code over the past century to encourage the increased production of oil, gas, coal and even nuclear power, making it difficult for solar and other renewable energy sources to compete in the marketplace without incentives.
U.S. solar energy leaders and representatives of top solar companies from an 8-state area will gather in Atlanta, GA, on May 7-8 at the Marriott Marquis for the inaugural Solar Power Southeast conference, co-sponsored by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA).
SunEdison, Inc. announced the launch of a residential power purchase agreement (PPA) product, the acquisition of LightWing, a comprehensive solar platform solution for utilities and retail energy providers (REPs), and an exclusive sales partnership with Evolve, a residential solar reseller.
Sunrun announced it has begun offering affordable solar service to homeowners in additional California markets, including Anaheim, Glendale, Palo Alto and Pasadena.
Sun Valley Solar Solutions, a Chandler, Arizona-based solar installer and SunPower Commercial Dealer, has received the SunPower Commercial National Rising Star award for its outstanding performance in 2014.
The village of Canton, New York, has decided to contract with SolarCity, a national solar company, as it moves forward with plans to solarize the municipality. The decision is expected to save taxpayers nearly $2 million during a 20-year period by locking in a rate of six cents per kilowatt during that time.
Every week, SEIA releases a newsletter called the Solar Update that includes top news stories covering the solar industry, major upcoming events, policy updates, and much more. This newsletter is open to SEIA Members and to the general public.
Getting homeowners to go solar is difficult - to say the least. It's expensive and time-consuming, and it's hard to predict who will go solar and why. We've been working on reducing this cost and clearing up the mystery.
After more than five months of listening to both pros and cons, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally closed the public comment period on its proposed plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants. Now it’s time for the EPA to make a good plan even better.
Under the leadership of Governor Deval Patrick, who leaves office in early January, Massachusetts has become a national leader in the deployment of solar energy.
With the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) annual meeting kicking off on Saturday, I wanted to take a moment to welcome the commissioners to San Francisco and talk a little about how important solar power is to the health of our nation, our economy and our grid.
It’s time for Washington to change the way it does business.
With widespread voter dissatisfaction evident in Tuesday’s national and state elections, we need a new approach – and a more collaborative approach – when it comes to solving many of our nation’s pressing problems.
When it comes to meeting the United States’ future carbon reduction goals, Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Ernest Moniz says solar energy is “critical” to these plans.
Secretary Moniz offered that acknowledgment as part of his keynote address this week in Las Vegas at Solar Power International (SPI), the largest solar trade show in America, co-sponsored by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
What do Walmart, Costco and Apple have in common besides selling cell phones and computers? These iconic brands, and many others like them, are all investing big in solar energy.
Did you know that there are more than 1,700 companies across the United States that specialize in solar heating and cooling (SHC) systems?
Or that SHC is the most efficient renewable technology for generating thermal heat?
Or that SHC costs are as low as 6 cents per kilowatt (kWh) hour?
Boosted by our exploding popularity on Facebook, SEIA’s social media efforts have been ranked #1 in the nation among trade associations with up to 100 employees, according to the 2014 Social Media Report published by Association Trends, a division of Columbia Books, Inc. SEIA was also ranked #2 nationally when compared to all other energy trade associations, coming in just behind the American Petroleum Institute (API).
In a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind study released today, America’s K-12 schools have shown explosive growth in their use of solar energy over the last decade, soaring from 303 kilowatts (kW) of installed capacity to 457,000 kW, while reducing carbon emissions by 442,799 metric tons annually – the equivalent of saving 50 million gallons of gasoline a year or taking nearly 100,000 cars off U.S. highways.