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A new study released today by the Stanford Graduate School of Business predicts that the U.S. solar industry is “headed for a cliff” if the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is not extended. Even though the report touts the solar industry’s “dramatic growth,” it called for a phase down of the ITC without any examination of the current and past tax treatments of established energy sources. Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), called that omission a “fatal flaw” which ignores how Congress has used the U.S. Tax Code over the past century to encourage the increased production of oil, gas, coal and even nuclear power, making it difficult for solar and other renewable energy sources to compete in the marketplace without incentives.
The industry's lobbying arm, the Solar Energy Industries Association, is working overtime to keep the incentive — the investment tax credit, or ITC — on the books past 2016, when its current treatment ends.
SunPower Corporation announced that it plans to partner with Apple to build two solar power projects totaling 40 megawatts (MW) in ABA Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefectures, Sichuan Province of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). When complete, the two projects will be co-owned by Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development Co., Ltd., SunPower's project development joint venture, and Apple.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today responded to the full results from The Solar Foundation’s (TSF) third annual National Solar Jobs Census, which details subsector job figures for the U.S. solar energy industry. The report shows the continued growth in U.S. solar jobs is led by system installers, sales and distribution, and other support services.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Carrie Cullen Hitt, vice president for state affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association released the following statement in response to the election of new commissioners to the Arizona Corporation Commission:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Carrie Cullen Hitt, vice president for State Affairs at The Solar Energy Industries Association released the following statement in response to passage of California Propositions 30 and 39 late yesterday:
“California voters not only modernized the state’s corporate tax structure by passing Prop 39, they indicated their strong support for renewable energy, including expanding solar energy and encouraging related investment over the next five years.”
WASHINGTON, DC — The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today released the following statement from president and CEO Rhone Resch in reaction to President Barack Obama’s re-election for a second term:
“SEIA congratulates President Barack Obama on his reelection. President Obama has been a tremendous supporter of solar energy and we look forward to continuing to work with the Obama Administration over the next four years.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) today highlighted initial findings from The Solar Foundation’s (TSF) third annual National Solar Jobs Census showing that solar energy jobs have experienced strong growth in the U.S. over the past year, despite global economic challenges. The full National Solar Jobs Census 2012, with analysis of employment trends across the entire solar industry is scheduled for release on Nov. 14, 2012 by TSF, a nonprofit research institution located in Washington, D.C.
8minutenergy Renewables has selected Gehrlicher Solar America Corp. (GSAC) to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for three solar projects located in Kern County, Calif.
Borrego Solar Systems, a designer, developer, installer and financier of grid-tied solar photovoltaic systems (and a Solar Power World Top 400 contractor), and sPower (Sustainable Power Group), a renewable energy provider, are commencing construction on a solar project in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York.
Astrum Solar and Hanwha Q CELLS have concluded a module supply agreement to serve the US residential market in 2015.
Standard Solar, Inc., a leader in the full service development, construction, integration, financing, and installation of solar electric systems, today announced the construction of a 2.5 megawatt solar photovoltaic system for Cecil County Public Schools. The project is currently under construction and projected to be completed by year end. It will feature multiple solar panel arrays that will help reduce the school system’s energy costs.
AllEarth Renewables and Claire Solar Partners have announced the completion of a 2.2MW solar tracker farm in South Burlington, Vt.
The project is the largest in North America to utilize distributed inverters and dual-axis trackers to maximize energy production.