WASHINGTON, DC – As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed new regulations under the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants, the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the United States, by 30 percent by 2030. After that announcement was made, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement:
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U.S. Residential Solar PV Installations Exceeded Commercial Installations for the First Time in Q1 2014
Driven by strong year-over-year growth in the utility and residential markets, the United States installed 1,330 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the first quarter of 2014. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industry Association’s (SEIA) Q1 2014 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, the U.S. installed 232 megawatts of residential PV, exceeding the non-residential (commercial) market’s 225 megawatts for the first time in the history of the report.
First Solar Inc. said Friday it sold the 50-megawatt Macho Springs solar power plant to Southern Power Electric Power Co., a subsidiary of Southern Co., and Turner Renewable Energy. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Power from the plant, which is located in New Mexico, will be sold to El Paso Electric under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
One of the world’s leading developers of solar energy says that solar tower technology with storage will be competitive with baseload gas generation by 2020, and able to perform similar functions without the emissions.
Abengoa, the Spanish owned developer of a range of concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies, as well as solar PV, says the dramatic falls in capital costs, and rising efficiency levels, means that large scale CSP will be competing with combined cycle gas turbines on cost, efficiency, and utility by the end of the decade.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today released a comprehensive report, “Cutting carbon emissions: The case for expanding solar energy in America.” The report offers a detailed, point-by-by point case as to why states should take advantage of clean solar energy as part of their efforts to comply with Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.
SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement today:
“President Obama has made an outstanding choice to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Ron Binz has the experience and vision needed to help America ramp up the transition to clean energy sources, including solar. He also has a keen understanding of both the regulatory process and the complexities of today’s electricity distribution system. What’s more, he has been a true champion over the years of energy efficiency, renewable energy and the need to embrace innovative new technologies. SEIA applauds his choice to become FERC chairman, and we look forward to working with him on ways to expand solar deployment across the United States.
In testimony today before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) objected to India's restrictive trade policies and urged the country's leaders to return to the negotiating table to resolve outstanding trade disputes. India is the world's largest democracy, and a leading U.S. trade partner.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – To support the financing of community solar projects, Senator Mark Udall of Colorado today introduced the bipartisan Solar Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) Act, which SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch applauded:
“If approved, Senator Udall’s legislation would allow Americans who work together as a community to employ solar to receive the same tax advantages as individual homeowners and businesses. This is an imaginative and innovative approach to expanding the use of clean solar energy nationwide.
SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch issued the following statement after Massachusetts voters elected long-time Congressman Ed Markey as the newest member of the U.S. Senate.
Reacting to President Obama’s major new plan to combat climate change, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), today released the following statement.
Los Angeles County could create tens of thousands of new jobs and reduce global-warming-causing carbon emissions if solar-voltaic panels are installed on just 5% of available rooftops, says a just-issued report.
Amid polemics over rising electricity prices in Europe and the level of green energy subsidies in various countries, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that the growth in clean-energy generation is a huge success story.
This week Apple announced its plans to open a new factory in Mesa, Arizona — a facility that “will run on 100 percent renewable energy from day one.” The move will bring a manufacturing boost to the state, creating 2,000 new jobs, all without requiring additional energy from Mesa.
The road to bringing more distributed solar into the utility resource mix runs through long-term planners.
At Solar Power International in Chicago, you may have noticed that the solar industry consists of an amazing array of types and sizes of companies. At Solar Marketing Group, I am lucky to get to work with companies that run the gamut of the solar space and while these companies have their own unique needs, one thread connects us all: We all benefit from growing the amount of solar installed. The industry’s growth comes from a lot of different things, but all of these factors can be spurred or thwarted by political action (or inaction, as the case may be).