Today’s decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce to impose new tariffs on solar modules from China threatens to derail the rapid growth of the U.S. solar industry, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Commerce will immediately impose countervailing duty tariffs ranging from 18.56 to 35.21 percent.
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Warning that it will have a chilling effect on renewable energy development in Ohio, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is urging Gov. John Kasich to veto a bill that would freeze the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency mandates. The bill, SB 310, passed the General Assembly on May 28 but has not yet reached the governor’s desk.
WASHINGTON, DC – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley today signed legislation that removes some restrictions on solar development and prompts utilities to invest in or acquire a certain amount of solar by 2021. In response to the bill becoming law, Carrie Cullen Hitt, senior vice president for state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association, issued the following statement:
Cheaper, Reliable Renewable Energy Is Ready to Help States Meet EPA’s New Carbon Rule Cost-Effectively
Renewable energy industries have done their part to cut costs and are already helping every state make progress to cut their carbon emissions. Even better, these industries can help states make even more significant reductions, in accordance with the proposed rule – saving consumers money and driving local economic development in the process.
There were plenty of reasons for Great Bay Distributors to equip the roof of its new building with a solar power system, but Ron Petrini, CEO of the beverage supplier, sums it up this way: “It was the right thing to do.” “We didn’t start with the tax benefits and return on investment and work backwards,” he explained.
The Solar Energy Industries Association has joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and other leading business groups to protest discriminatory trade policies by India.
After a decision today by the European Commission (EC) to impose provisional duties on Chinese solar exports, John Smirnow, SEIA vice president of trade and competitiveness, issued the following statement:
SEIA President & CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement today following the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey:
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.
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.