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.
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A solar system is turned on every 2.5 minutes in America. The standardization of solar permitting is poised to be one of the solar industry’s next big breaks, writes Andrew Savage, chief strategy officer of AllEarth Renewables and member of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) Board of Directors.
NEXTracker, the Fremont, California-based supplier of tracker technology, has completed an 82 MW commission for solar power development company SunEdison in the Central American nation of Honduras.
The Solar Rating Certification Corp. (ICC-SRCC) has expanded its OG-100 and OG-300 certification programs to include photovoltaic conversion of solar to thermal energy to heat water.
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November 27, 2012 - The average cost of going solar in the U.S. continued to decrease significantly in 2011 and through the first half of 2012, according to a report released today by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Solar advocates noted that these findings are the latest indicator that solar is an important and growing part of America’s new energy economy.
The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) today approved a roadmap put forth by the Georgia Power Company for how the company intends to create one of the nation’s largest voluntarily-developed solar portfolios by an investor-owned utility.
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.”
Tucked away in this former tin-mining town, past the small farms of banana trees and oil palms, is one of the solar industry’s best-kept secrets. The six factories here with cavernous rooms up to one-third of a mile long constitute the production backbone of First Solar. Working alongside minivan-size robots adapted from car assembly plants and other industries, 3,700 employees produce five-sixths of the American company’s solar panels. Workers in Ohio make the rest.
Vivint Solar (Lehi, Utah, US), provider of residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the United States, on December 12th, 2014 announced that it plans to open more than 20 new sales and operations offices in 2015.
Hopkinton, Mass.-based solar developer Solect Energy Development has installed a 210 kW rooftop solar photovoltaic energy system at AmeriPride Services Inc.'s facility in Worcester, Mass. The 840-module array is expected to offset up to 25% of the textile services and supply company's electricity needs at the location.
8minutenergy Renewables, LLC announced that it has joined board of directors for SEIA. The nation's leading independent solar PV developer, 8minutenergy has over 1,100 megawatts (MW) in power purchase agreements (PPAs), has successfully built 260 MW and has 15,000 acres of land under contract.
The U.S. Patent Office has granted SolarWall® inventor, John Hollick, patent #8,827,779 titled "Method and Apparatus for Cooling Ventilation Air for a Building". The invention uses a transpired solar collector to take advantage of a well-known phenomenon called nocturnal radiation cooling which can cool air below ambient from sunset to sunrise.