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Calling it “a huge step backward,” Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), said President Obama’s 2015 fiscal year budget, which was unveiled today, would severely damage the U.S. solar industry by eliminating the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and replacing it with a refundable Production Tax Credit (PTC) at the end of 2016.
A developer of wind and solar energy facilities will build a 900-acre generating station on grazing land about 2 miles southeast of Pueblo. Going into operation in summer 2016, the Comanche Solar project, near Xcel’s Comanche substation, would be Colorado’s largest solar farm and one of the biggest in the nation.
Continuing its explosive growth, the U.S. solar industry had a record-shattering year in 2013.
A new statewide poll shows that nearly 70 percent of Massachusetts voters believe the solar power industry is important to the Massachusetts economy – up 10 percent since June. The poll, conducted by Princeton Research Associates and released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), also shows that nearly 60 percent of voters see direct benefits from solar power in their cities and towns.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – After reviewing a draft tax plan released today by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement:
WASHINGTON, D.C. AND BOSTON, MA — GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) today released U.S. Solar Market Insight: 3rd Quarter 2013, the definitive analysis of solar power markets in the U.S., with strategic state-specific data for 28 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reacting to today’s presidential memorandum requiring the federal government to get 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced that Chip Bircher, longtime coordinator of the Department of Energy’s Utility Solar Water Heating Initiative (USH2O), will be joining SEIA’s Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) Alliance.
A new report from The Solar Foundation (TSF), a national non-profit research organization, finds more than 2,600 Georgians are now working in the solar power industry and that Georgia had the highest rate of growth - 225 per cent - in the nation between September 2012 and November 2013, jumping from twenty-third to seventeenth place overall in national rankings for solar jobs.
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SunEdison, a solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, announced the completion of a 306kW (kilowatt) DC (direct current) solar system for Whole Foods Market in Brooklyn, New York (US).
SunEdison designed the system using an innovative parking canopy structure that collects rainwater while protecting customers from the elements. The two companies have worked together since 2004 and have jointly deployed 1.5MW (megawatts) of solar projects.
The U.S. solar energy boom would not be possible without third-party financing entities. In 2013, 22 leasing funds raised $3.34 bn according to Mercom Capital. The trend is increasing rapidly, from $1.98 bn raised in 2011, and 2.10 bn in 2013. The top five players in commercial/residential leasing were Vivint Solar, Solar City, SunRun, SunPower and Sun Edison. The Fourth Quarter alone saw almost $1bn raised.
The U.S. solar industry could be on the verge of an industry-transforming decision from the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce. It's the next chapter in the SolarWorld-inspired Chinese solar panel trade case and anti-dumping claim.
A former dump once littered with piles of trash could become home to rows of solar panels if PSE&G wins approval for the project. The public utility company is seeking preliminary and final site plan approval for a 9 megawatt solar array at the shuttered Parklands Landfill on Route 206.
The end of a long winter and the welcomed start of spring bring the all-American sport back to life. The last season transitions to memory, baseball fans ponder the present condition of their teams and we all smile at the opportunity to go outside without a coat. Spring also brings another event, the release of SEIA's annual "U.S. Solar Year in Review".
Across the country, people will start tuning in today to see how well they've done filling out their brackets for the NCAA basketball tournament. When it comes to making their picks for energy, three out of four Americans have solar going all the way in their bracket.
What is apparent during the time we've been here in Copenhagen representing the U.S. solar industry is that the renewable energy industry has become a force in the climate debate. No longer are we relying on the environmental community to carry our message (which they have done well in the past).
Earlier today, I attended a briefing by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu in which he announced a new initiative that the administration is launching to expand clean energy technologies in developing countries. This program is a great sign of leadership by the administration given how vocal developing countries have been here at COP15.