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Calling it important to America’s energy future, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced its strong support today for legislation to create a national Renewable Electricity Standard (RES). Introduced by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), the bill will help to create thousands of new American jobs, save consumers and businesses money and reduce pollution by requiring utilities to generate 30 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law consensus legislation which will make it easier and more affordable for homeowners, businesses, churches, schools, nonprofits, military facilities, and police and fire departments to install rooftop solar systems across the state. The Solar Power Free Market Financing Act is considered an important victory for property rights supporters, as well as solar advocates – and represents a bellwether of change in Georgia.
For the last five months, SunPower has been reselling Stem's behind-the-meter battery systems to commercial customers across the U.S. The companies are not revealing the number of systems they've installed through the partnership, but SunPower's Ivo Steklac said he expects storage to help increase commercial-sector business "rather dramatically" based on early activity.
Today, the Democratic Party released its 2012 National Platform in Charlotte, N.C., at the Democratic National Convention. Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the U.S. solar industry, issued the following statement in response to the document’s call for an “All-of-the-Above Energy Policy.”
WASHINGTON – Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Rhone Resch made the following statement today following the release of Governor Romney’s Energy Policy White Paper.
WASHINGTON – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today approved legislation allowing solar energy to continue its rapid growth in the state. The package of bills, all related to tax exemption of solar projects in New York, is likely to have a positive impact on the total amount of electricity derived from renewables in the state. The Solar Energy Industries Association ® (SEIA ®) applauded the new laws, which will keep New York’s impressive solar growth on track to achieve its renewable energy goals in the NYSun Program.
Today Governor Deval Patrick signed into law the 2012 Energy Act. Among other provisions, this comprehensive energy bill raises the cap on an important solar program called “net metering.” Most solar electric installations are connected to the grid and feed excess power produced to other utility customers; net metering rules gives customers credit for extra power they generate.
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved H.R. 6213, the No More Solyndras Act, by a vote of 29-19. Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®), issued the following statement on the legislation:
It’s a bit more unusual to hear a cleantech CEO who seems to sunny about the arrival of a Republican Congressional majority. But that’s the sentiment of Vivint Solar boss Greg Butterfield, who explained his thinking in a phone interview with Fortune.
Honda began its cooperation with SolarCity in early 2013 by signing a deal worth $65 million for solar power installations at dealerships and in customers houses.
Now, both companies extend this agreement by another $50 million. The goal is to lower electricity costs below utilities, while at the same time having a zero emission source.
GRID — which is based in Oakland and has an office in Riverside — has been active in the Coachella Valley, with nearly 250 installations over the last three years. Friday's installation was just its second in Palm Springs, and the first to involve local trainees.
In addition to being home to the Chevrolet Cruze, GM’s best-selling car, the largest GM plant in the U.S. and the most productive in North America, Lordstown also will be the GM plant with the largest solar installation project in the Western Hemisphere, GM announced Tuesday. Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals of Youngstown, will provide the racks to hold the solar panels.
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.