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OneEnergy Renewables is seeking regulatory approval in Maryland to build a 6 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facility in Somerset County, Maryland.
Sunrun announced enhanced solar service options for homeowners to save on their electric bill.
SolarCity Corporation announced it has created a new fund, with a large financial institution, to finance $400 million in solar projects.
JA Solar Holdings Co., a Chinese solar manufacturer, and Essel Infraprojects Ltd. plan to begin construction of a 500-megawatt solar-cell factory in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh in December, followed later by a module plant of a similar size.
In an effort to expand awareness of the importance of diversity in the workplace – as well as solar energy’s growing contributions to the economy and environment – the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has become one of the first national trade associations to feature a Spanish-language section on its website.
Saying it will provide a big boost to the U.S. economy, while also helping to fight pollution and climate change, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced its support today for legislation by Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) to extend the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for both residential and commercial solar installations.
From the end of 2004 through the end of 2014, the deployment of solar energy in the United States grew at an unprecedented rate, according to a new video report, Solar Energy in the United States: A Decade of Record Growth, released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
Winning in the category of “website activism,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) received a prestigious 2015 Gold Communicator Award from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) as part of its 21st annual worldwide awards competition. The award goes to sites that “encourage or promote change and public involvement.”
Saying it will “benefit both the economy and environment,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has announced its strong support for legislation introduced by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), allowing the General Services Administration (GSA) to enter into 30-year renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPA). The GSA is an independent agency which manages and supports the basic functioning of the federal government, including procurement. Under current law, only the U.S. military can enter into power purchase agreements for longer than 10 years.
Renewable energy developer Cypress Creek Renewables is to invest more than $20 million in two new projects in South Carolina as it looks to capitalise on the state’s solar boom. The South Carolina Department of Commerce confirmed yesterday that the company is committed to develop two 10 MW utility-scale solar farms in Lexington County as part its plans to establish 1 GW of solar in the U.S. before the end of 2016.
When Gridley-area homeowner Vicke Robinson wanted to save money on her utility costs, a California environmental nonprofit company was happy to help. GRID Alternatives, an Oakland-based company, made Robinson the first Gridley-area homeowner to benefit from new rules for a state program geared to provide solar power to low-income homeowners. Earlier this spring, GRID Alternatives installed a 4-kilowatt solar power system at Robinson’s home. A total of 15 solar panels went up on the roof, installed by volunteers and trainees entering the growing solar field.
Marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana private company PosiGen Solar Solutions installed a 25 kW solar array atop the city of New Orleans’ resilient City Hall. SimpliPhi Power and Schneider Electric participated in the memorial and charitable event. The 25 kW solar array will generate clean power for the City Hall to reduce energy costs, as well as provide backup power in the event of power disruptions or a future natural disaster. It also helps fight against the extreme climate caused possibly by greenhouse gas emissions.
SunEdison Inc. closed financing and broke ground on the 156 MW Comanche Solar project for Public Service Co. of Colorado, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy. Although the scale of the project makes it big news, it is also notable for its use of a new type of financing vehicle. Comanche Solar is the first project to receive financing through SunEdison's $1.5 billion First Reserve warehouse facility. The financial vehicle is an example of how project financing is evolving to meet the needs of investors and developers alike.
SolyMoly, the one-stop shop for the solar curious, announced its nationwide deployment. SolyMoly is designed to guide homeowners through the often-confusing process of making the switch to solar energy. Unlike competing services, which automatically map the entire surface area of a roof, SolyMoly is fully customizable, allowing homeowners to specify which area of the rooftop they would like to consider for solar panel installation. This level of sophistication provides homeowners with more accurate reports on potential energy bill savings and environmental impact.
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.