Shattering previous records, the United States residential solar market grew 76 percent over the first quarter of 2014, installing 437 megawatts[i] (MW) of photovoltaics (PV) in the first three months of 2015. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Q1 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, released today, the U.S. installed 1.3 gigawatts (GW) of solar PV across all market segments.
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Tendril, the Boulder, Colo.-based software startup, rebooted its business last year with a shift to microtargeted energy savings products through its new Energy Services Management platform. Today, the company announced it’s expanding its product line with a customer acquisition and engagement solution for utilities getting into community solar.
Another major solar energy company is entering the New Hampshire market, bringing with it the promise of new jobs and cheaper electricity.
IKEA, which had sales of 30 billion euros last year, wants to generate all the energy used in its shops and factories from clean sources by 2020. To that end, it will invest 600 million euros on wind and solar power installations, adding to 1.5 billion invested since 2009. It has already signed up to own and operate 314 wind turbines and has 700,000 solar panels on its roofs.
If you’ve been noticing more solar panels lately, you’re onto something. While only one in 100 houses has them, that’s 46 times as many as a decade ago. Some of that fast growth is due to a federal tax credit that is worth 30 percent of installation costs. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), there were more than 180,000 solar-related residential installations in 2014, and more than 50 percent growth over the year before. In addition, new financing options are making it easier for homeowners to also become solar panel owners.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced it has elected Nat Kreamer, president and CEO of Clean Power Finance, to serve on SEIA's board of directors’ executive committee as vice-chairman.
SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement today:
“President Obama has made an outstanding choice to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Ron Binz has the experience and vision needed to help America ramp up the transition to clean energy sources, including solar. He also has a keen understanding of both the regulatory process and the complexities of today’s electricity distribution system. What’s more, he has been a true champion over the years of energy efficiency, renewable energy and the need to embrace innovative new technologies. SEIA applauds his choice to become FERC chairman, and we look forward to working with him on ways to expand solar deployment across the United States.
In testimony today before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) objected to India's restrictive trade policies and urged the country's leaders to return to the negotiating table to resolve outstanding trade disputes. India is the world's largest democracy, and a leading U.S. trade partner.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – To support the financing of community solar projects, Senator Mark Udall of Colorado today introduced the bipartisan Solar Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) Act, which SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch applauded:
“If approved, Senator Udall’s legislation would allow Americans who work together as a community to employ solar to receive the same tax advantages as individual homeowners and businesses. This is an imaginative and innovative approach to expanding the use of clean solar energy nationwide.
SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch issued the following statement after Massachusetts voters elected long-time Congressman Ed Markey as the newest member of the U.S. Senate.
SolarCity is offering its MyPower solar loan in Maryland for the first time. MyPower makes it possible for many Maryland homeowners to install solar with no upfront cost and pay less for solar than they pay for utility power.
Dividend Solar, Enphase Energy and SolarWorld are teaming up to bring rooftop solar to thousands of homeowners in South Carolina.
EPS Corporation's Alternative Energy Systems unit has completed two solar energy installations in California, the company announced. The installations, at Walmart stores in Elk Grove and Sacramento, are part of the retail giant’s renewable energy efforts.
REC Solar and construction management firm HICAPS are adding a portfolio of solar systems at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers in Salem, Va., and Las Vegas. The ground- and roof-mounted and carport systems will comprise nearly 7 MW of solar generation capacity.