WASHINGTON, DC - Calling it an “important step forward,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is applauding a new initiative announced by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to install more than 6,000 kilowatts (kW) of solar power on public schools across the city.
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PosiGen has grown quickly, employing 165 workers and installing more than 4,000 systems total. It expanded to New York and Connecticut this year, adding to its offices in the New Orleans area, Baton Rouge, Houma and Shreveport. On Sept. 15, PosiGen announced more than $40 million in financing to help fund its expansion plans in Louisiana and nationwide.
Arizona Forward Presents Top Environmental Award to Solana Generating Station, World’s Largest Solar Plant of its Kind
The Solana Generating Station has earned the coveted President’s Award (Best of Show) in Arizona Forward’s 34th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards, held in partnership with SRP. Abengoa Solar and APS also won the Governor’s Award for Energy and Technological Innovation.
Washington, DC – Calling for “clear, credible and consistent signals from policy makers,” the International Energy Agency (IEA) today released two reports saying solar could be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050. Solar Energy Industries Association president and CEO Rhone Resch welcomed the reports, noting that solar is already the fastest growing renewable energy source in the U.S. and accounted for more than 50 percent of new generation capacity in the first half of 2014.
Encouraged by smart, effective public policies, more and more Maryland K-12 schools are turning to solar to power their classrooms, save money and help the environment, according to a newly-released nationwide study.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today in response to news that certain domestic producers of solar energy products intend to file anti-dumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions with the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) today announced the winners of the SEIA Solar Champion Awards during the Solar Power International (SPI) conference being held at the Dallas Convention Center until October 20. These entities or individuals were chosen based on the significant impact they made during the last year in helping build a strong solar industry to power America and to advance the solar industry goal of achieving 10 gigawatts (GW) of new annual installed capacity by 2015.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) and the New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA) today announced a formalized partnership to coordinate the resources of both organizations and promote the growth of New York’s solar energy market.
Solar Works for America: SEIA President Rhone Resch Highlights Solar Job Growth at Solar Power International 2011
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) today addressed the Solar Power International 2011 conference and trade show at the Dallas Convention Center to welcome solar industry professionals from around the United States and the world.
Solar Industry Donates Solar Arrays and Installation Services to Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity Homes
This morning, representatives of several solar companies with a Texas presence - including SolarCity, Trina Solar, Solar US, SES 21, SolarTek, Schletter, and Bosch Solar Energy - joined Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) officials in celebrating the donation of residential solar arrays being installed on 15 new Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity homes.
Homeowners across the United States have begun a rooftop solar revolution. Since 2000, more than 1,460 megawatts of residential solar installations have been installed across the country, and more than 80 percent of that capacity was added in the past four years. In 2012 alone, rooftop solar installations reached 488 megawatts, a 62 percent increase over 2011 installations and nearly double the installed capacity added in 2010.
The media has recently been full of stories about electric utilities being nervous and down right reactionary to adding solar (and wind) on the electric grid. On October 15th, The Huffington Post’s story on the Hawaii Electric Company (HECO) reported, “hundreds of Oahu customers have gotten burned in their transition to solar. They have gotten caught in limbo since September 6 when HECO changed the rules for connecting solar systems.”
In northern New Mexico the sun shines nearly every day of the year. If solar energy is going to be viable anywhere, it will be here—and a small electric cooperative in historic Taos is taking advantage of it. In addition to supporting new solar projects in its service area, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative is offering its customers the opportunity to buy solar energy from “plots” in a “garden” of solar power generation.
Farmers in Japan can now generate solar electricity while growing crops on the same farmland. In April, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) approved the installation of PV systems on existing crop-producing farmland. Previously solar generation on farmland, productive or idle, was prohibited under the Agricultural Land Act.
This co-existence or double-generation is known as “Solar Sharing” in Japan. The concept was originally developed by Akira Nagashima in 2004, who was a retired agricultural machinery engineer who later studied biology and learned the “light saturation point.” The rate of photosynthesis increases as the irradiance level is increased; however at one point, any further increase in the amount of light that strikes the plant does not cause any increase to the rate of photosynthesis.
We typically see photovoltaic panels up on roofs, as they're broad, open surfaces that receive a lot of sunlight. You know what else spends a lot of time in the scorching sun, though? Sidewalks. With that in mind, a team at Washington DC's The George Washington University has created what is claimed to be "the first walkable solar-paneled pathway in the world."