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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Calling it “unfair to families, businesses and churches,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is urging West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to veto HB 2201, which could jeopardize the future of rooftop solar in the state by rewriting West Virginia’s net-metering policies. Rhone Resch, SEIA president and CEO, said the legislation needs to be revised before becoming law:
A new report from Duke University, The Solar Economy: Widespread Benefits for North Carolina, found that public policies such as North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and Investment Tax Credit have made North Carolina first in the south and fourth in the nation for installed solar investment, creating jobs and boosting the economy across the state.
The City of Tybee Island and Chatham County announced Atlanta-based Hannah Solar, LLC as the winning bidder to develop the community solar program, Solarize Tybee. Solarize Tybee, the first Solarize project in Georgia, allows residents and business owners to purchase solar at a lower cost through the power of bulk purchasing, which is estimated to bring the total cost down by 15-30%. The program was originally intended for just Tybee Island, but after an outpour of positive responses from citizens in the region, it has now spread throughout all of Chatham County.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced it has joined Women in Solar Energy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit and membership organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in one of the fastest-growing industries in the country.
“SEIA takes great pride in being a founding corporate member of Women in Solar Energy,” said SEIA president and CEO Rhone Resch. “We recognize the great strides the solar industry has taken in terms of reaching out to women, and we look forward to continued progress.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Building on the progress of the White House’s Climate Action Plan, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced last week that it would make an additional $4 billion worth of loan guarantees available for renewable energy and energy efficient projects. Reacting to the news, Solar Energy Industries Association President and CEO Rhone Resch issued the following statement:
Saying it would create jobs and spur investment in Illinois, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today applauded the signing of House Bill 2427, which puts $30 million towards purchasing solar power to meet a portion of the state's electric power needs.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will give the keynote address Monday at 4 p.m. during the general session of PV America 2014.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a comprehensive state budget today, which included a provision that extends the existing solar property tax exclusion until January 1, 2025. Afterward, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) president and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement:
Construction has begun on a $1 billion solar power generating station in the Mojave Desert that officials say will produce enough electricity to power about 80,000 California homes when it is completed in 2016. Executives with Arizona-based First Solar and Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources put the cost of the 250-megawatt project, dubbed Silver State South, at $1 billion during a Wednesday ceremony with federal Bureau of Land Management chief Neil Kornze.
REG-Scatec Solar and Norfund Sign Partnership Agreement to Develop and Invest in Solar Power Projects in Developing Countries
Scatec Solar, the integrated independent solar power producer, has signed a partnership agreement with Norfund, the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries, to jointly invest in solar power projects to be developed in all countries within Norfund's mandate.
Instead of using energy generated by coal-fired power plants, the solar farm will avoid about 2.1 million pounds of carbon pollution each year.
"Literally everybody benefits and I think in the long run even the utilities benefit because this just takes a bit out of their revenue stream,” said Barry Shear, President of Eagle Point Solar.
Solar energy start-ups that have taken root in the Washington region in recent years are maturing into bona fide businesses, buoyed in part by economic forces and government policies that have made renewable energy more attractive to consumers.
Standard Solar was founded in Maryland 10 years ago, and its first residential customer was the head of the Solar Energy Industries Association. It has since installed systems on nearly 1,200 more homes of individuals without existing ties to the industry.
JinkoSolar Power Co. Ltd. has signed project investment agreements with the government of Hengfeng County in the province of Jiangxi, China, to develop 100 MW of photovoltaic power projects.
Jinko Power will own the projects and will manage the project investment and engineering, procurement and construction activities. It will also provide operations and maintenance services upon completion.