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A new study released today by the Stanford Graduate School of Business predicts that the U.S. solar industry is “headed for a cliff” if the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is not extended. Even though the report touts the solar industry’s “dramatic growth,” it called for a phase down of the ITC without any examination of the current and past tax treatments of established energy sources. Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), called that omission a “fatal flaw” which ignores how Congress has used the U.S. Tax Code over the past century to encourage the increased production of oil, gas, coal and even nuclear power, making it difficult for solar and other renewable energy sources to compete in the marketplace without incentives.
The industry's lobbying arm, the Solar Energy Industries Association, is working overtime to keep the incentive — the investment tax credit, or ITC — on the books past 2016, when its current treatment ends.
SunPower Corporation announced that it plans to partner with Apple to build two solar power projects totaling 40 megawatts (MW) in ABA Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefectures, Sichuan Province of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). When complete, the two projects will be co-owned by Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development Co., Ltd., SunPower's project development joint venture, and Apple.
According to new industry data, a growing sector of the U.S. solar energy industry has reached a major milestone, with 5 million square feet of building-integrated solar air heating collectors now installed in North America. Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), says these systems represent 250 megawatts (MW) of thermal energy and displace nearly 100,000 tons of CO2 each year from the atmosphere.
WASHINGTON, DC – In recognition of its “remarkable achievement” in the area of website design and development, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is being honored by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Science as part of its prestigious 18th Annual Webby Awards competition.
Nonprofit organizations and solar companies from across the nation today announced the launch of the National Solar Schools Consortium at the widely-attended National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference, which began today in Boston.
In response to a decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to assure that owners of rooftop solar systems will continue to benefit from Net Energy Metering (NEM) for 20 years, Carrie Cullen Hitt, senior vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement:
By a vote of its members, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced today that the following industry leaders have been elected to serve on SEIA’s Board of Directors: Susan Brown, Principal at Brightergy; Tony Clifford, CEO at Standard Solar Inc.; Todd Glass, Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Ed Murray, President of Aztec Solar Inc.; and Laura E. Stern, Co-founder and President of Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC.
If you’re planning to visit First Solar's Perrysburg, Ohio manufacturing plant and snoop into its dark corners, forget about it. There are no dark corners. It may be the brightest factory you’ve ever visited.
The clean, efficient manufacturing space was recently upgraded with LED lighting and the result would humble any automobile showroom.
The 100 MW Redstone Solar Thermal Power Project in South Africa, owned by a SolarReserve led consortium with ACWA Power, has been nominated ‘preferred bidder’ by the Department of Energy (DOE).
The Redstone Solar Thermal Power project was awarded preferred bidder in round 3.5 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP), with the lowest tariff bid to date from any CSP project in the country.
Scatec Solar Closes USD 157 Million Financing from Google and Prudential Capital Group to Build 104 MW (dc) Solar Plant in Utah
Scatec Solar ASA (‘SSO’), the integrated independent solar power producer, has entered into financing agreements totalling USD 157 million for construction of a 104 MW(dc) Red Hills solar power plant in Utah. When complete, the Red Hills solar project will be Scatec Solar’s largest developed and constructed project in North America.