Utility regulators planted the seeds Thursday to sprout community solar gardens across the service territory of Minnesota’s largest electric utility. At least a dozen renewable energy companies are gearing up to develop solar gardens for Xcel Energy customers. Under rules that won preliminary approval from the state Public Utilities Commission, the companies soon can begin promoting clean energy under a business model that has been popular in Colorado and other states.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reacting to the announcement that two solar energy projects located near the Nevada-California border have been approved as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, create jobs and move our economy toward clean energy sources, Ken Johnson, vice president of communications for the Solar Energy Industries Association, issued the following statement:
On February 13, 2014, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz helped celebrate the official opening of Ivanpah, the world's largest concentrating solar power plant.
WASHINGTON, DC - In response to Thursday's announcement of the 20 collegiate teams selected to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015, Tom Kimbis, vice president of executive affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association, released the following statement:
A new report from The Solar Foundation (TSF), a national non-profit research organization, finds more than 4,100 Texans are now working in the solar power industry, marking a 28 percent increase in solar jobs in one year. In addition, Texas has moved up to sixth place in national rankings for solar jobs, from eighth in 2012.
WASHINGTON, DC – Did you know that solar energy in the United States is now generating enough electricity to power 2 million American homes, including the White House? Or that the payback on installing a home heating and cooling system (SHC) can be as little as four years? Would you be surprised to learn leading blue chip companies like Walmart, Apple, Costco, Kohl’s and IKEA are saving big bucks by installing rooftop solar? Or that just one utility-scale solar facility can power 170,000 homes?
WASHINGTON, DC – Saying “solar makes sense,” leading businesses and environmental groups will join hundreds of thousands of people across the United States and around the world in support of the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) National “Shout Out For Solar” Day – set for Friday and taking place on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.
Supported by both business and environmental groups, hundreds of thousands of people from across the United States and around the world are expected to take part in the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) National “Shout Out For Solar” Day – set for Friday, January 24, and taking place on Facebook, Twitter and other social media venues.
WASHINGTON, DC – SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch today praised President Obama’s decision to move forward with the first Quadrennial Energy Review:
Albany, NY – SEIA and Vote Solar today congratulated Gov. Cuomo and the State of New York on their continued commitment to solar initiatives, which have significantly increased solar installations across the state, supported thousands of local jobs and increased energy resilience. The Governor confirmed that solar energy remains a priority for his administration in today’s 2014 State of the State address.
The U.S. solar energy boom would not be possible without third-party financing entities. In 2013, 22 leasing funds raised $3.34 bn according to Mercom Capital. The trend is increasing rapidly, from $1.98 bn raised in 2011, and 2.10 bn in 2013. The top five players in commercial/residential leasing were Vivint Solar, Solar City, SunRun, SunPower and Sun Edison. The Fourth Quarter alone saw almost $1bn raised.
The U.S. solar industry could be on the verge of an industry-transforming decision from the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It's the next chapter in the SolarWorld-inspired Chinese solar panel trade case and anti-dumping claim.
A former dump once littered with piles of trash could become home to rows of solar panels if PSE&G wins approval for the project. The public utility company is seeking preliminary and final site plan approval for a 9 megawatt solar array at the shuttered Parklands Landfill on Route 206.
We’re not only first selectmen, we’re also homeowners. Electricity is a large chunk of our families’ budgets, and rates are only going up. The people in our towns deserve to hold on to their hard-earned money, which is why we helped our towns collaborate on Solarize Easton-Redding-Trumbull. This limited-time program helps homeowners insulate themselves from rising energy costs and lower their electric bills through solar.
This Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks will face off against the Denver Broncos for the ultimate Super Bowl XLVIII showdown. But the real battle for this year's bowl has already been won, and it has nothing to do with touchdowns.
All across the United States, rooftop solar panels are popping up on homes, businesses and schools like mushrooms in a forest, and utility-scale solar projects are bringing huge amounts of clean energy into our communities. Why? Well, among other things, consumer choice in America is something that we all hold very sacred.
The U.S. solar industry is booming. "U.S. [Residential] Installation Frequency Hits One Every Four Minutes," according to a recent article in PV-tech.org. That puts the US residential solar industry on track to install 128,000 systems in 2013, according to GTM Research (Q213). We have come a long way since 2007 when I sold the first residential solar power purchase agreement to a homeowner in Redwood City, CA.
When the U.S. Department of Energy held its first Solar Decathlon on the National Mall in 2002, Americans were growing nervous about energy issues for the first time in decades. Natural gas prices had skyrocketed, California had just recovered from rolling blackouts, and the events of 9/11 and our continued dependence on foreign energy sources were at the foreground in our minds.
Every day, I talk to groups and reporters about the amazing growth of solar all across the United States. But for the past week, there has been more buzz than ever about America’s solar industry because of the decision by President Obama to install solar panels on the White House.
Solar power is one of the cleanest, safest, and most abundant domestic energy sources available. In addition to helping power our homes, schools, and businesses, the U.S. solar industry strives to be a leader in sustainability among energy producers by ensuring environmental and social responsibility along the entire solar supply chain.
August 14, 2003, was a dark day in U.S. history – in a lot of different ways.
It started off as a quiet Thursday. Then a single tree limb in Ohio came crashing down, touching off a power outage which cascaded across eight states and parts of Canada, leaving 50 million Americans in the Northeast in the dark. Commuters were stranded. Businesses closed. People sweltered in the heat. And the U.S. economy took a huge beating, losing an estimated $10 billion.
I’m looking forward to speaking at Senator Reid’s National Clean Energy Summit next week in Las Vegas. I’ll be on the “21st Century Energy Market” panel where we’ll address what can be done to make the grid friendlier to renewables while ensuring long-term access to affordable and reliable electricity.
For the first time in decades, Congress appears serious about tackling the issue of comprehensive tax reform. But for the solar industry, there’s a real risk is that some members of Congress will try to eliminate all renewable energy tax credits in order to reduce corporate tax rates--and that could roll back the tremendous progress solar has made in recent years.
This week, the Solar Energy Industries Association joined other renewable energy advocates, businesses, and environmental groups to urge the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to reject a new proposal from Xcel Energy that would discourage net-metered solar energy growth in its territory.
Following months of behind-the-scenes maneuvering, it appears the Senate will begin debate soon on critically important legislation which could help American consumers, businesses and the federal government to save hundreds of millions of dollars each year by using less energy. And using less energy gives us a big leg up in the fight against climate change.