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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Calling it “unfair to families, businesses and churches,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is urging West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to veto HB 2201, which could jeopardize the future of rooftop solar in the state by rewriting West Virginia’s net-metering policies. Rhone Resch, SEIA president and CEO, said the legislation needs to be revised before becoming law:
A new report from Duke University, The Solar Economy: Widespread Benefits for North Carolina, found that public policies such as North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and Investment Tax Credit have made North Carolina first in the south and fourth in the nation for installed solar investment, creating jobs and boosting the economy across the state.
The City of Tybee Island and Chatham County announced Atlanta-based Hannah Solar, LLC as the winning bidder to develop the community solar program, Solarize Tybee. Solarize Tybee, the first Solarize project in Georgia, allows residents and business owners to purchase solar at a lower cost through the power of bulk purchasing, which is estimated to bring the total cost down by 15-30%. The program was originally intended for just Tybee Island, but after an outpour of positive responses from citizens in the region, it has now spread throughout all of Chatham County.
WASHINGTON, DC – In a report card deserving of the honor roll, a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind new study released today says 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.
The average cost of going solar in the United States continued its rapid decline in 2013 and the first half of 2014, according to a new study from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Two leading solar advocacy groups, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Vote Solar, applaud the report findings as the latest indicator that affordable solar energy is ready to power our new energy economy.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), urged Congress to expedite legislation which would provide long-term reauthorization for the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im).
Coming on the heels of the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) encouraging second-quarter industry report, the Solar Power Mid-Atlantic conference wrapped up this week to much applause. The first-ever Solar Power Mid-Atlantic drew hundreds of solar professionals from New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland to the Atlantic City Convention Center for two days of panels and talks on solar opportunities in the region.
Calling it a win for both the economy and the environment, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), today applauded a decision by the University of California to significantly expand its use of solar energy. As part of an ambitious plan to become carbon-neutral by 2025, university officials this week signed an agreement to purchase the electricity generated by 80 megawatts (MW) of solar – approximately 200,000 MW hours annually.
Lincoln Center officials say the 36 solar panels — on the roof of the Rose Building, on West 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue — represent another step in their campaign to go green.... The solar array was arranged through the same company behind the wind-power contract, Green Mountain Energy, and was paid for with federal and state grants. A $100,000 donation also came from Sun Club, a program run by Green Mountain that donates solar power to nonprofit groups.
SEIA CEO Rhone Resch set the stage for the work ahead of Women in Solar, quoting from recent Solar Foundation data that shows that women make up less than 19% of the solar workforce.... SEIA has signed on as a founding sponsor of Women in Solar and has been joined recently by generous gifts from Clean Power Finance, SunPower, and ViaSys.
L.A.’s ReGreen handles multiple large projects by letting the clients set the agendas.
Gestamp Solar signed a USD 28 Million contract with Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), an important oil company headquartered in Kuwait. It is a subsidiary of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, the Government company and is the world's fourth-largest oil exporter. The object of the contract is the engineering, the construction and the operation and maintenance of a the first utility scale photovoltaic plant in Kuwait called Umm Gudair Field a name which honors the region where it is located.
Washington Gas Energy Systems Announces Completion of Dynamic Energy's Solar Array at Skidmore College
Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc. and Skidmore College today announced the completion of a solar project that will generate renewable energy in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The solar array consists of 6,950 ground-mounted solar panels spanning eight acres of land owned by Skidmore College. Dynamic Energy developed the project and also managed engineering, procurement and construction. Construction began in March and the project was completed in July.