Distributed generation in the form of wind, landfill gas, and cogeneration got a mention, but solar by far is attracting the most attention from cooperatives and legislators, a panel of experts told the co-op crowd. The panelists also informed co-ops that distributed generation is coming. They were told that it is best to get in front of it and that co-ops should develop their own DG projects.
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Solar energy in 2013 removed its training wheels and started competing with traditional energy sources. In the fourth quarter alone, the average weighted price per watt of solar capacity installed dropped by 15%, averaging $2.59 compared to more than $6 in 2010.
In 2013 there was a 47 percent jump in the number of home solar installations in the U.S., and by the end of the year more than 400,000 American homes had solar power. Don Dahler meets one man who uses imagination to help power the change.
Saying it will help to create jobs and expand the use of clean, renewable energy in Massachusetts, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), along with its Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance (SHC), are urging the State Senate to adopt S. 1970, allowing renewable thermal technologies to qualify for the Alternative Portfolio Standard and provide a credit that incentivizes renewable thermal technologies.
Saying it will benefit Massachusetts consumers by improving access to net metering, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced its support for legislation in both the State Senate and State House of Representatives, which will allow public and private distributed generation (DG) solar projects to continue, while preserving and expanding jobs in clean, reliable solar energy across the state.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced today it has elected the following officers to serve on SEIA’s Board of Directors Executive Committee: Chairman Roger Efird, managing director of Suntech America; Vice-Chairwoman Julie Blunden, Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Corporate Communications at SunPower Corp.; Treasurer Chris O’Brien, Head of Market Development and regional President at Oerlikon Solar; and Secretary John Stanton, Vice President of Government Affairs for SolarCity. The election was held in December at SEIA’s Board of Directors meeting in Washington D.C.
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement today on President Barack Obama signing tax legislation into law that extends the Department of Treasury Section 1603 program for one year.
Commercial Sector Drives U.S. Solar Market with 38 Percent Growth in Third Quarter, Solar Costs Continue Decline According to Latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report
Solar energy markets in the U.S. continued to surge during the third quarter of 2010, according to a report released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) and GTM Research. More than 27,000 U.S. homes and businesses installed solar energy systems in the third quarter of 2010. Installations in the non-residential photovoltaic (PV) sector grew 38 percent over the second quarter to reach 103 megawatts (MW).
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement on today's announcement by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu regarding renewable energy development on public lands:
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) and GTM Research today released the most comprehensive study to date analyzing trade flow and domestic value creation in the U.S. solar industry. “U.S. Solar Energy Trade Assessment 2010” found the U.S. solar industry is a significant net exporter of solar energy products, with net exports totaling $723 million in 2009. Additionally, U.S. solar installations created $2.6 billion in direct value to support the U.S. economy.
The stats are electrifying: On a recent sunny day, this bulky unit churned out 21,033.7 kilowatt hours, nearly enough to power two average homes for a year.
Despite the buzz surrounding natural gas and its increased role in electricity generation, solar seems to be increasingly stealing the spotlight from the newly famous fossil fuel.
Solar energy accounted for 100% of new power generation built in the U.S. in the month of March.
Each year, the industry has been growing -- not hard when you're so small, but still.
"Despite some bumps in the road," said Brewer, "the future for solar in Arizona is bright."