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.
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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.
WASHINGTON, DC – A study released today shows ratepayers in North Carolina could see $26 million in energy savings annually if the state were to add 400 megawatts (MW) of wholesale solar and 100 MW of distributed solar generation.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association released the following statement today in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address to Congress.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today after the announcement that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ 8) would resign from Congress this week.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the solar energy industry, announced today that it has officially merged with the Solar Alliance, an advocacy organization committed to establishing solar policies at the state level. Effective immediately, the Solar Alliance will operate under the SEIA brand in an effort to present a unified solar industry voice in all advocacy efforts at the state level. Carrie Cullen Hitt, president of the Solar Alliance, is now Vice President for State Affairs at SEIA, and the Solar Alliance team joins Hitt as part of SEIA’s new department for State Affairs.
SEIA Praises Secretary Salazar, Obama Administration for Continued Work to Develop Solar Energy Projects on Public Land
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today on the progress of the Obama Administration, and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in particular, in developing utility-scale solar energy projects on public lands this year.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced today it has elected the following individuals to serve on SEIA’s Board of Directors: Zachary Axelrod, founder and CEO of Skyline Innovations; Susan Brown, Principal at Brightenergy; Tony Clifford, CEO at Standard Solar Inc.; Todd Glass, Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC; and Ed Murray, President of Aztec Solar Inc.
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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has announced the approval of two major solar energy projects: the 350 MW Midland Solar Energy Project in Nevada and the 100 MW Quartzsite Solar Energy Project in Arizona. She says the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) also approved the 70 MW New York Canyon Geothermal Project in Nevada.
A nearly half-billion dollar program to promote new solar projects proposed by Public Service Electric & Gas won approval yesterday from state regulators, with officials saying the projects would have little impact on utility customers’ electric bills.
The Army's second largest installation, Fort Bliss, Texas, will soon have the Department of Defense's largest renewable power project.
A bill to repeal the US state of North Carolina's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Standard (REPS) has stalled in a committee of the North Carolina House of Representatives, failing to win the support of some members of the Republican Party.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has said multilateral trade negotiations between the EU, US and China are important to end the dispute with the BRIC country over anti-dumping and anti-subsidy allegations involving Chinese solar panels. Following a meeting in China last week, the US solar association said it time for the west and BRIC nations to work together before the dispute affects the global solar supply chain.