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Solar Industry Applauds Proposed Decision from California Public Utilities Commission to Preserve Net Metering
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today applauded the California Public Utilities Commission’s proposal to preserve net metering. Maintaining net metering is key to California’s climate leadership and its clean energy job growth.
Brewers of Asheville and Western North Carolina today are being presented with the SEIA® Solar Champion Award, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has announced.
The project, which will use Imergy’s vanadium redox flow battery technology, is SunEdison's first commercial large-SunEdison has signed a 10-year agreement with Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to supply 5 MW/20 MWh of energy storage to the province. SunEdison said that the IESO intends to use data from the energy storage project to analyze how storage can be used to smooth the power flow from wind and solar, defer expensive system upgrades, and ultimately shape the future of its grid.
WASHINGTON, DC – According to a new report by The Solar Foundation, Nevada’s solar industry employment grew 146 percent in the past year, allowing it to rise to 7th in number of solar jobs by state and 1st in per-capita solar jobs. Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said that the big jump in employment is the result, in part, of pro-growth policies supported by Senator Harry Reid and Senator Dean Heller. The state added 3,500 solar jobs over the previous year.
Massachusetts' continued commitment to clean, solar energy is paying off, according to a just-released report by The Solar Foundation, which shows the state second only to California in solar jobs. Reacting to the news, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), said this remarkable progress is a result of several factors.
Saying it revealed “very encouraging trends,” Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), today applauded the findings of The Solar Foundation’s latest State Solar Job Census.
Under the California Climate Leadership initiative, State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Senators Ben Hueso, Mark Leno, Fran Pavley and Bob Wieckowski, with the support of leaders from the business, labor, public health, consumer advocacy, and environmental communities, have announced a package of bills that would help meet Governor Brown’s climate change objectives by setting clean energy goals, divesting in fossil fuels and spurring growth in the clean energy economy. Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement applauding the initiative:
WASHINGTON, DC – In a new report, the Department of Energy (DOE) has highlighted the success of the Loan Programs Office’s solar projects, saying that since it financed its first five utility-scale projects in 2011, 17 additional projects have come on line without the use of loan guarantees. The report coincides with the dedication ceremony of Desert Sunlight, a 550-megawatt (MW) solar project in Riverside County, California.
Impress Labs, a brand-driven communications agency for the solar and clean energy industries and other technology sectors, launched the Solar Marketing Think Tank, an idea forum and blog hub for solar marketing, public relations and communications professionals.
Chinese vertically integrated solar company JA Solar has completed construction of its first manufacturing facility outside of China – a RM300 million ($70 million) facility in the city of Bayan Lepas, Malaysia.
Chinese vertically integrated solar company Trina Solar has confirmed that it has connected two-thirds of its Yunnan solar farm to the grid, surpassing 200 MW this week having added 133 MW in the third quarter alone.
A collaborative project involving GRID Alternatives San Diego, San Diego Habitat for Humanity, and Willis Allen Real Estate, has given solar power to eight military veteran families this year.
SunLink Corporation and RA Power & Light have completed another successful commercial rooftop solar installation – a new 270 kW system at the Aethercomm facility in Carlsbad, California. Solar developer and EPC RA Power & Light leveraged years of expertise in commercial solar together with the rapid installation advantages of SunLink’s Precision-Modular RMS ballasted mounting system to complete the project three weeks ahead of schedule.