Solar projects in the desert, geothermal power in the mountains and wind energy off the East Coast were cited as examples of progress from top U.S. officials and industry leaders during a green energy conference on Tuesday in Las Vegas.
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SEIA and a coalition of renewable and environmental supporters are running an ad in the Las Vegas Review Journal, thanking Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and pledging to work with the Administration to promote the use of environmentally-responsible clean energy on public lands. View the ad.
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."
The Business Review
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reacting to a new report issued today by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the White House Council of Economic Advisors, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) says its members are well-positioned to assist efforts to modernize the U.S. electric grid and to make it more resilient in the future when pounded by severe weather.
SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement after the report’s release:
WASHINGTON - Following news reports about the closure of the Amonix solar manufacturing plant in Nevada, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association ® (SEIA®), released the following statement.
SEIA & COSEIA Statement on Colorado PUC Dismissal of Appeal to Revise XCEL Energy’s Renewable Energy Plan
COLORADO—Today the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) dismissed an appeal submitted by the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) and the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) regarding Xcel Energy’s renewable energy compliance plan. The appeal included two requested changes to Xcel’s 2012-2013 Compliance Plan that would have improved the business climate for Colorado solar businesses, which employ more than 6,000 people in the state.
In anticipation of tomorrow’s House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs hearing on the bankruptcy of Abound Solar, Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®), issued the following statement.
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee and the Energy and Power Subcommittee held a legislative hearing on the discussion draft of the No More Solyndras Act. Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®), issued the following statement on the discussion draft:
WASHINGTON and SAN JOSE - The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the U.S. solar industry, and SEMI, the global industry association serving the nano- and microelectronics manufacturing supply chains, today announced a partnership to help grow solar energy markets across the country.
Republican Gov. Pat McCrory endorsed solar energy – and the incentive policies that support solar and other renewables – in a public show of support for programs that some lawmakers in his own party have vowed to dismantle.
The US unseated China as the most attractive country for renewable energy investment in 2012, according to Ernst & Young’s (E&Y) May 2013 “Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index” (RECAI), which, for the 10th year running, “ranks 40 countries on the attractiveness of their renewable energy investment and deployment opportunities based on a number of macro, energy market, and technology-specific indicators.”
Solar Industry Magazine
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has announced the approval of two major solar energy projects: the 350 MW Midland Solar Energy Project in Nevada and the 100 MW Quartzsite Solar Energy Project in Arizona. She says the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) also approved the 70 MW New York Canyon Geothermal Project in Nevada.
A nearly half-billion dollar program to promote new solar projects proposed by Public Service Electric & Gas won approval yesterday from state regulators, with officials saying the projects would have little impact on utility customers’ electric bills.
The Army's second largest installation, Fort Bliss, Texas, will soon have the Department of Defense's largest renewable power project.