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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Despite a strong first quarter, industry leaders are warning that future solar growth in Massachusetts is being jeopardized because net energy metering (NEM) caps have been reached in many areas of the state. These caps have been hit because of the exploding popularity of solar – evidenced by a 150 percent increase in new solar capacity in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the same quarter a year ago.
SunPower Corp. announced it has started construction on the 102 megawatt (AC) Henrietta solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Kings County, California.
North Carolina became the fourth state in the nation to top 1,000 megawatts (MW) of installed solar capacity during the first quarter of 2015. Today, North Carolina trails only California, Arizona and New Jersey in total installed solar capacity, according to the recently released U.S. Solar Market Insight Report compiled by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). But despite the state’s rapid progress, solar industry leaders are warning that attempts to freeze North Carolina’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) will hurt solar growth, as well as the state’s economy.
San Antonio-based OCI Solar Power LLC has started construction on a 110-megawatt (MW) solar plant in eastern Pecos County near Bakersfield. At full build-out, this would be the largest solar plant in Texas. The solar arrays will track the sun horizontally and vertically, making this one of the largest dual-axis solar projects in the world.
As part of its ongoing efforts to make solar cost competitive with other forms of electricity, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative announced today that it will provide $32 million in new funding opportunities to help spur additional solar development nationwide.
Calling it a “huge momentum boost,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today praised two Florida newspapers, The Gainesville Sun and Ocala Star-Banner, for their editorial support of a pro-solar, statewide ballot initiative organized by Floridians for Solar Choice.
In an effort to expand awareness of the importance of diversity in the workplace – as well as solar energy’s growing contributions to the economy and environment – the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has become one of the first national trade associations to feature a Spanish-language section on its website.
Saying it will provide a big boost to the U.S. economy, while also helping to fight pollution and climate change, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced its support today for legislation by Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) to extend the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for both residential and commercial solar installations.
From the end of 2004 through the end of 2014, the deployment of solar energy in the United States grew at an unprecedented rate, according to a new video report, Solar Energy in the United States: A Decade of Record Growth, released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
SunEdison’s 50-megawatt solar energy farm on 382 acres within the Kawailoa Plantation on Oahu’s North Shore that’s owned by Kamehameha Schools got the green light from the state on Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the California-based energy giant confirmed.
When the SolarCity factory is running full-tilt two years from now, it will be the biggest solar panel plant in North America.
Online retailer Amazon announced plans Wednesday to buy energy from what will be Virginia’s largest solar farm in Accomack County.
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Rhode Island homeowners interested in switching to solar energy will soon have the option to do so with no upfront costs. The nation’s largest rooftop solar installer is coming to Rhode Island. Starting this week, California-based SolarCity will offer Rhode Islanders loans to buy home solar systems.
Did you know that there are more than 1,700 companies across the United States that specialize in solar heating and cooling (SHC) systems?
Or that SHC is the most efficient renewable technology for generating thermal heat?
Or that SHC costs are as low as 6 cents per kilowatt (kWh) hour?
Boosted by our exploding popularity on Facebook, SEIA’s social media efforts have been ranked #1 in the nation among trade associations with up to 100 employees, according to the 2014 Social Media Report published by Association Trends, a division of Columbia Books, Inc. SEIA was also ranked #2 nationally when compared to all other energy trade associations, coming in just behind the American Petroleum Institute (API).
In a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind study released today, 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.
This was a huge week for fans of clean energy. First, Telsa Motors announced that it would build a new factory in Nevada, employing 6,500 workers. Then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed to hold a vote later this year on green energy tax credits. That important announcement was quickly followed by news that the U.S. solar market hit a major milestone in the second quarter of this year with more than half a million homes and businesses now generating solar energy.
Mark your calendars!
With less than a month to go, the first Solar Power Mid-Atlantic, a new regional event highlighting the strong solar industry in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, is quickly gaining momentum.
As the old proverb goes, “you can’t have your cake and eat it, too.” But convincing some people of that isn't easy.
In hopes of ending the long-running and costly U.S.-China solar trade dispute, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has urged SolarWorld Americas, LLC to step forward and offer a specific proposal that could serve as the basis for discussions and eventually lead to a negotiated settlement.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “half the truth is often a great lie.” Keep that in mind when you read a recent report prepared for our friends at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) about Germany’s experience with renewable energy, including solar power.
Here’s the gist of the argument made by the energy consulting firm, Finadvice: Germany’s wholesale markets are suffering from “disequilibrium” because of increased consumer costs. The 86-page report is pretty much a hatchet job on renewables. “In conclusion, the lessons learned in Europe prove that the large-scale integration of renewable power does not provide net savings to consumers, but rather a net increase in costs to consumers and other stakeholders,” according to the report.
Really? That’s the problem with half-truths. Not surprisingly, there’s no mention of the enormous societal costs of the damaging pollution which is caused by burning fossil fuels and undeniably driving climate change.
So what’s the other side of the story – the one utilities fail to mention? In response to that question, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today released a comprehensive study taking an in-depth look at Germany’s solar support programs and how the United States can benefit in the long term from the experiences of the world’s leading solar producer.
When it comes to clean energy and sustainability, solar looks to be a shoo-in one day for the “green” Hall of Fame. Today, more and more sports teams, sports leagues and sports organizations are embracing the advantages of solar energy.
Like many others, I believe the U.S. Department of Commerce’s 2012 and 2014 trade decisions against the Chinese module manufacturers are essentially protectionist in nature.
Two recent developments clearly demonstrate why America remains “bullish” on solar energy. But they’re also vivid reminders of why we need to remain vigilant. As an organization, and as an industry, too much is at stake for us to become complacent. As the old saying goes on Capitol Hill: “What Congress giveth, Congress can taketh away.”