The first bill U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, has introduced in the Senate would require utilities to generate a quarter of their electricity from renewable sources.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Christopher Mansour, Vice President of Federal Affairs of the Solar Energy Industries Association, released the following statement today in support of new legislation by Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) that would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources by 2025:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Christopher Mansour, Vice President of Federal Affairs of the Solar Energy Industries Association, released the following statement today in support of new legislation by Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) that would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources by 2025:
One of the most common solar-related myths out there is that it’s mostly just the rich who are going solar. We’ve seen indication in the past that this stereotype was not true. However, a study just released by the Center for American Progress (CAP) is certainly the most recent and most comprehensive study on the matter that I’ve seen.
Home solar panels are “the new granite countertops,” according to Tom Werner, CEO of US-based SunPower, one of the largest solar panel companies in the world. What does that mean? That means that, for an increasing number of new homeowners, solar panels are becoming an add-on right from the beginning. Furthermore, Werner is confident home solar panels will move beyond the “granite countertops phase” to mass adoption rather quickly.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, released the following statement today after Senate confirmation of Sally Jewell to replace Ken Salazar as United States Secretary of the Interior:
WASHINGTON, DC – Responding to President Obama's just-released Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), said, “America's solar industry welcomes President Obama's continued support. We praise the President for emphasizing that a transition to sustainable energy sources is vital—and that the U.S. must lead it. Solar is the fastest-growing clean energy technology available today. It is not only powering our nation, it is an engine of economic growth. The number of U.S.
The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) today announced it has hired Capitol Hill veteran Ken Johnson, who previously headed up the communications efforts for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and two major committees in the U.S. House of Representatives, as vice president of communications.
Denver, CO – Businesses and environmental organizations announced support for the Colorado Solar Jobs Act (HB XXX), which was introduced in the Colorado House of Representatives today. The legislation is designed to make critical improvements to Xcel Energy’s popular rooftop solar rebate program, giving consumers more access to affordable solar energy while protecting Colorado jobs.
WASHINGTON, DC -- John Smirnow, vice president of trade and competitiveness at the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®), has been designated chairman of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (RE&EEAC). The re-charted committee was launched in recent days by U.S. Commerce Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank.
California, whose green ambitions helped the solar and wind industries take root, is taking an essential next step by proposing a sharp rise in energy storage to better integrate renewable power with the rest of the grid.
Power from sun and wind fluctuates dramatically, so capturing it for later use makes the supply more predictable.
"We can't just rely on sunlight," Governor Jerry Brown told the Intersolar conference in San Francisco last month. "We've got to bottle the sunlight."
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The cost of going solar has dropped in New York by 44 percent over the past five years, a trend that's playing out across the country.
Solar energy has become one of the fastest growing industries in the nation, according to a report by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
It was up to 14 percent cheaper to install residential and commercial solar systems last year than it was in 2011, according to the report. Prices have dropped an average of up to 7 percent per year since 1998.
Anna Begay lives on a remote plot of land in the Navajo reservation. To reach her home, you drive through twisting, unmarked trails of dust and mud along the edge of Coalmine Canyon, in northwest Arizona.
Ben Kunz wanted to do "the green thing" and save on his electric bill without paying a lot of money up front. So instead of buying a solar system for his house in Cheshire, Conn., he leased one.
Solar energy could supply one-third of all electricity demand in the Western US by 2050 while massively cutting emissions – if the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative succeeds.