WASHINGTON, DC – In response to President Obama’s call to improve energy efficiency in America and deploy expansive new solar resources, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement:
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Xcel Energy, COSEIA and SEIA agree to add capacity for solar installations
Solar energy installer SolarCity has announced it is now taking orders for installations in the US state of Nevada.
The company said free solar panel installations are now available in Las Vegas, offering solar electricity for less than US$30 a month.
SolarCity claimed this is less than utility prices and home owners can access to its design and installation services as well as financing and insurance with monitoring and a performance guarantee.
General Electric Co. (GE) is investing $24 million in India’s largest solar-power plant, drawn by what it called the technology’s “incredible potential” in the nation.
The investment by GE’s financial services unit in Welspun Energy Ltd.’s 151-megawatt photovoltaic plant is the U.S. company’s first in the local solar industry. GE said this week that it plans to invest more than $1 billion a year globally in renewable projects that promise “very significant returns.”
Today, a respected non-partisan committee of experts released its National Climate Assessment (NCA) report, offering its starkest warning yet about the dangers of climate change. After reading the report, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today applauded two decisions by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) that will help to expand solar energy development within the state. The BPU voted to expand two existing solar programs by Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) – the Solar Loan III program and the Solar 4 All Extension program.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the U.S. solar energy industry, and the Electricity Storage Association (ESA), the international trade association promoting the commercialization and deployment of energy storage systems, today announced a new partnership to help grow solar energy markets and accelerate the deployment of grid-scale energy storage systems across the country, which will help modernize the electricity grid and make it more efficient, balanced and cost-effective.
WASHINGTON, DC – Reacting to published reports that the United States and the European Union are trying to settle a lingering trade dispute with China over anti-dumping and anti-subsidy allegations, John Smirnow, vice president of trade and competitiveness for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) – issued the following statement:
In celebration of Armed Services Day, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today released a first-of-its-kind report detailing how innovative solar technologies are helping the U.S. military meet many of its critical functions – from security and battlefield readiness to cost savings and efficiency.
WASHINGTON, DC – Calling him “uniquely qualified,” Rhone Resch, president & CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), issued the following statement after Ernest Moniz was unanimously confirmed today as secretary of the Department of Energy:
An idea is like a tiny seed. When planted in a creative mind and adequately fed, it takes root and flourishes. Like a seed, successfully deploying high-impact, cost-effective solar technologies requires a strong support system to facilitate its growth.
Homeowners across the United States have begun a rooftop solar revolution. Since 2000, more than 1,460 megawatts of residential solar installations have been installed across the country, and more than 80 percent of that capacity was added in the past four years. In 2012 alone, rooftop solar installations reached 488 megawatts, a 62 percent increase over 2011 installations and nearly double the installed capacity added in 2010.
The media has recently been full of stories about electric utilities being nervous and down right reactionary to adding solar (and wind) on the electric grid. On October 15th, The Huffington Post’s story on the Hawaii Electric Company (HECO) reported, “hundreds of Oahu customers have gotten burned in their transition to solar. They have gotten caught in limbo since September 6 when HECO changed the rules for connecting solar systems.”
In northern New Mexico the sun shines nearly every day of the year. If solar energy is going to be viable anywhere, it will be here—and a small electric cooperative in historic Taos is taking advantage of it. In addition to supporting new solar projects in its service area, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative is offering its customers the opportunity to buy solar energy from “plots” in a “garden” of solar power generation.
Farmers in Japan can now generate solar electricity while growing crops on the same farmland. In April, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) approved the installation of PV systems on existing crop-producing farmland. Previously solar generation on farmland, productive or idle, was prohibited under the Agricultural Land Act.
This co-existence or double-generation is known as “Solar Sharing” in Japan. The concept was originally developed by Akira Nagashima in 2004, who was a retired agricultural machinery engineer who later studied biology and learned the “light saturation point.” The rate of photosynthesis increases as the irradiance level is increased; however at one point, any further increase in the amount of light that strikes the plant does not cause any increase to the rate of photosynthesis.