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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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.
WASHINGTON, DC and SACRAMENTO, CA – Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and Shannon Eddy, executive director of the Large-scale Solar Association (LSA), released the following statement today in response to the Department of the Interior’s record of decision on the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Solar Energy Development on Public Lands:
Chinese manufacturer Hanwha SolarOne has announced plans to build a $12 million module facility in South Korea. The plant is scheduled to begin production in Q2 2015 and will have a capacity of 230 MW.
NRG Energy, operator of the largest conventional power plant in San Diego County, is expanding its fledgeling rooftop solar business to reach more households in southern and central California.
Late last month, the Topaz Solar project achieved full commercial operation with the completion of its final 40-megawatt (AC) phase. This is the first 500-megawatt plus solar farm to come on-line in the U.S. and the largest solar plant on-line in the world.
RevoluSun, Hawaii’s leading solar provider, had a busy week of both empowering others and being honored for leading in environmental stewardship. RevoluSun was awarded the Hawai‘i-Based Company Award at the 12th Annual John Kelly Environmental Achievement Awards held on November 15. As one of the biggest solar companies in Hawaii, RevoluSun is committed to creating cleaner, smarter communities that embrace a sustainable future.
Citing a variety of reasons for the move,Sungevity Inc. will hire 595 people for sales, operations management and design engineering in the next five years. The company still is mulling office properties in the city's central business district and expects to announce a location in early December.