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Senator Whitehouse and State Leadership Announce Launch of Tiverton and Little Compton Solarize Campaigns
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Representatives from Governor Gina M. Raimondo’s office joined the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (Commerce RI), the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER), and non-profit marketing firm SmartPower today to announce the launch of Solarize Tiverton and Solarize Little Compton, the latest communities to join the growing Solarize Rhode Island program.
As high clouds slipped in front of the sun, executives from MillerCoors flipped the switch Thursday on the largest solar panel array of any brewery in the country. The beer company partnered with SolarCity, the largest solar provider to Fortune 500 companies, cities and schools.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Calling it “a major investment in America’s future,” Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), today applauded a proposal included in President Obama's fiscal 2016 budget request that would make the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) permanent, similar to other existing tax credits. Solar energy is an American success story. Since first being enacted in 2006 under a Republican administration – and at SEIA’s strong urging – the solar ITC has been a tremendous boon to both the U.S. economy and our environment.
WASHINGTON, DC – Saying it was an important step toward meeting the White House’s renewable energy goals, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today applauded efforts by the Department of Energy (DOE) to invest more than $59 million in solar technology innovation and community deployment:
Blattner Energy has joined the board of directors for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, SEIA announced today. A premier EPC contractor in renewable energy construction, Blattner Energy has more than a century of experience leveraging new technologies and applying core competencies in emerging markets.
Calling it potential “game changer,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is praising new efforts by California Gov. Jerry Brown to significantly expand the state’s renewable energy efforts.
Supported by both business and environmental groups, hundreds of thousands of people from across the United States and around the world are expected to take part in the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) 2nd annual National “Shout Out For Solar” Day – set for Friday, January 16, and taking place on Facebook, Twitter and other social media venues.
WASHINGTON, DC - Signaling the growing importance of solar energy to America’s future, the widely read and cited annual “State of American Energy Report” – released today by the American Petroleum Institute (API) – includes, for the first time ever, a comprehensive section on the rapid growth of the U.S. solar energy industry and its impact on our nation’s economy and environment.
With the addition of another major solar power plant supplying clean, renewable energy to America’s sunniest state, Nevada was second in the nation in added solar capacity during Q3, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) most recent U.S. Solar Market Insight® quarterly report. The Copper Mountain 3 project added 171.4 megawatts (MW) to Nevada’s solar portfolio.
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.
First Wind Holdings Inc., the renewable-energy developer being acquired by SunEdison Inc. (SUNE), received approval to sell power from five proposed solar projects in Idaho. The projects in southern Idaho’s Ada, Elmore, Owyhee and Power counties are expected to be complete in 2016, Boston-based First Wind said today in a statement. They will have 20 megawatts of capacity each and have 20-year contracts to deliver electricity to Idaho Power Co.
Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., completed the sale of SparkleLight, a 10 megawatt (MW) AC solar power plant to a subsidiary of BluEarth Renewables Inc. SparkleLight, located in Beavertown, Ontario, is the third of four planned solar power plants being acquired by BluEarth from Canadian Solar. The facility is valued at approximately C$66 million (USD$57 million) and uses Canadian Solar's CS6X-300/305P modules made in Canada.
Africa's largest self-sufficient microgrid is under construction in Equatorial Guinea, according to a press release issued by the power management business of Eaton Corporation.
On January 24, 1974 – with Richard Nixon in the White House, but knee deep in the Watergate scandal – five people met in the noisy basement of the Washington Hilton to discuss the possibility of establishing an association for the nascent solar energy industry.
They agreed to create "a broad-based trade association supporting prompt, orderly, widespread and open growth of solar energy resources." This was the beginning of the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) four decades of successful advocacy.
As the third most populous state in the nation, New York has a huge upside when it comes to developing renewable energy sources – and that fact hasn’t been lost on Gov. Andrew Cuomo. On Wednesday, during his 2014 State of the State Address, the Governor confirmed that solar energy remains a priority for his administration.
Today, I was asked to take part in an online discussion on Capitol Hill as to whether Congress should extend renewable energy tax credits? Well, in some ways, this discussion is putting the cart before the horse. Most importantly, are incentives for renewable energy sources achieving their goals? In the case of solar, the answer is a resounding yes.
When it comes to renewable energy, you could call it the “shot heard round the world.” According to a new report by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the U.S. installed 930 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaics (PV) in Q3 2013, up 20 percent over Q2 2013 and 35 percent over Q3 2012. This represents the second largest quarter in the history of the U.S. solar market and the largest quarter ever for residential PV installations.
As the UN Climate Conference ended with a whimper last week, the U.S. continues to move forward in its attempts to curtail climate change.
According to the FERC's “Energy Infrastructure Update” report, 99.3 percent of all new electric generation placed in service during the month of October came from renewables – with solar leading the way by a country mile!
Even though they were overshadowed by the Senate’s historic decision to eliminate the use of the filibuster when it comes to most Presidential nominees – the so-called “nuclear option” – there were some major developments this week at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that are critically important to solar and renewable energy.
The rapid growth of rooftop solar has fueled an important debate about the future of our electric power system. And for good reason. Affordable, onsite solar power—aka distributed generation (DG)—offers electric customers something they’ve never had before: choice of where their power comes from and control over costs. The implications for the electric power system are profound and transformational as they point to a more decentralized future.
Public Service, the state’s largest power utility, to reduce compensation for the energy Arizonians produce on their rooftops, and all eyes are on that sunny state. Distributed generation offers concrete benefits to all ratepayers. For the utilities, distributed generation reduces investments in transmission and distribution infrastructure – delaying or eliminating the need to build new, expensive and often polluting power plants.
Next week’s global climate talks in Warsaw, Poland, need to be guided by a new sense of urgency. After more than 20 years of talking about climate change, it’s time for the nations of the world to start putting a meaningful plan in place to fight it.