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Showing big gains in all solar sectors, Massachusetts had the fourth most new solar capacity added last year in the nation, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review, but finished No. 1 for the first time among Northeast states.
REC Solar and construction management firm HICAPS are adding a portfolio of solar systems at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers in Salem, Va., and Las Vegas. The ground- and roof-mounted and carport systems will comprise nearly 7 MW of solar generation capacity.
WASHINGTON, DC – Cashing in as one of the sunniest states in America, Nevada had the third most new solar capacity added last year in the nation, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review, but actually jumped to No. 1 in the Southwest.
WASHINGTON, DC - Proving that effective, forward-looking public policies can provide a big boost to a state’s economy, North Carolina had the second most new solar capacity added last year in the United States, according to the recently-released U.S. Solar Market Insight 2014 Year in Review, and now stands poised to become the first state in the South to have 1 gigawatt (GW) of installed solar.
WASHINGTON, DC – In a move that will increase the use of solar heating in California, the state’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has increased the incentive caps in California Solar Initiative's (CSI) Solar Thermal Program for multifamily, commercial, and pool heating systems. Applauding the decision, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Rhone Resch issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC – Pointing to huge growth in the U.S. solar industry, the 2015 edition of the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, produced for the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, was released today. In response to the report, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President Rhone Resch said:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Calling it “a major investment in America’s future,” Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), today applauded a proposal included in President Obama's fiscal 2016 budget request that would make the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) permanent, similar to other existing tax credits. Solar energy is an American success story. Since first being enacted in 2006 under a Republican administration – and at SEIA’s strong urging – the solar ITC has been a tremendous boon to both the U.S. economy and our environment.
WASHINGTON, DC – Saying it was an important step toward meeting the White House’s renewable energy goals, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today applauded efforts by the Department of Energy (DOE) to invest more than $59 million in solar technology innovation and community deployment:
Reacting to news today that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), along with the State of California, will expand financing for energy efficiency and solar energy in multifamily housing, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement:
Southern Ute Alternative Energy Announces California Minority-Owned Business Entity (MBE) Certification
The U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) announced today it has finalized the license agreement with Whitethorn Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Juwi Solar Inc. (Juwi), for a solar electrical generation system onsite at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. When completed, the power generated by this system will represent the DOE/NNSA’s largest purchase of solar power from an onsite facility and the first in its western region.
Solar Energy International (SEI) Announces Scholarship Award to Support SEIA's National Shout Out for Solar Day
When the U.S. Department of Energy held its first Solar Decathlon on the National Mall in 2002, Americans were growing nervous about energy issues for the first time in decades. Natural gas prices had skyrocketed, California had just recovered from rolling blackouts, and the events of 9/11 and our continued dependence on foreign energy sources were at the foreground in our minds.
Every day, I talk to groups and reporters about the amazing growth of solar all across the United States. But for the past week, there has been more buzz than ever about America’s solar industry because of the decision by President Obama to install solar panels on the White House.
Solar power is one of the cleanest, safest, and most abundant domestic energy sources available. In addition to helping power our homes, schools, and businesses, the U.S. solar industry strives to be a leader in sustainability among energy producers by ensuring environmental and social responsibility along the entire solar supply chain.
August 14, 2003, was a dark day in U.S. history – in a lot of different ways.
It started off as a quiet Thursday. Then a single tree limb in Ohio came crashing down, touching off a power outage which cascaded across eight states and parts of Canada, leaving 50 million Americans in the Northeast in the dark. Commuters were stranded. Businesses closed. People sweltered in the heat. And the U.S. economy took a huge beating, losing an estimated $10 billion.
I’m looking forward to speaking at Senator Reid’s National Clean Energy Summit next week in Las Vegas. I’ll be on the “21st Century Energy Market” panel where we’ll address what can be done to make the grid friendlier to renewables while ensuring long-term access to affordable and reliable electricity.
For the first time in decades, Congress appears serious about tackling the issue of comprehensive tax reform. But for the solar industry, there’s a real risk is that some members of Congress will try to eliminate all renewable energy tax credits in order to reduce corporate tax rates--and that could roll back the tremendous progress solar has made in recent years.
This week, the Solar Energy Industries Association joined other renewable energy advocates, businesses, and environmental groups to urge the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to reject a new proposal from Xcel Energy that would discourage net-metered solar energy growth in its territory.
Following months of behind-the-scenes maneuvering, it appears the Senate will begin debate soon on critically important legislation which could help American consumers, businesses and the federal government to save hundreds of millions of dollars each year by using less energy. And using less energy gives us a big leg up in the fight against climate change.
Like thick smog hanging stubbornly overhead, many of the arguments against President Obama's climate change policy are stagnant, potentially dangerous and pose a serious, long-term threat to America's future.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is historically one of the greatest catalysts of technological innovation. Through its procurement power alone it has the ability to transform markets.