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Saying it will provide a big boost to the U.S. economy, while also helping to fight pollution and climate change, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced its support today for legislation by Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) to extend the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for both residential and commercial solar installations.
From the end of 2004 through the end of 2014, the deployment of solar energy in the United States grew at an unprecedented rate, according to a new video report, Solar Energy in the United States: A Decade of Record Growth, released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
Winning in the category of “website activism,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) received a prestigious 2015 Gold Communicator Award from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) as part of its 21st annual worldwide awards competition. The award goes to sites that “encourage or promote change and public involvement.”
Array Technologies Inc. (ATI) remained the leading manufacturer of PV trackers last year, the report says, although competitors gained market share.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) today signed legislation into law that allows the state's solar energy market to continue growing and creating good jobs in N.J. over the next several years. The legislation, S1925/A2966, addresses the current imbalance of Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs), which created uncertainty in the market for project developers and end users.
SEIA Statement on China Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations Targeting U.S. Polysilicon Manufacturers
WASHINGTON – Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today in response to China’s decision to initiate antidumping and countervailing duty investigations against U.S. polysilicon imported into China from the United States:
WASHINGTON - Following news reports about the closure of the Amonix solar manufacturing plant in Nevada, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association ® (SEIA®), released the following statement.
SEIA & COSEIA Statement on Colorado PUC Dismissal of Appeal to Revise XCEL Energy’s Renewable Energy Plan
COLORADO—Today the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) dismissed an appeal submitted by the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) and the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) regarding Xcel Energy’s renewable energy compliance plan. The appeal included two requested changes to Xcel’s 2012-2013 Compliance Plan that would have improved the business climate for Colorado solar businesses, which employ more than 6,000 people in the state.
In anticipation of tomorrow’s House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs hearing on the bankruptcy of Abound Solar, Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®), issued the following statement.
Washington Gas Energy Systems Announces Completion of Dynamic Energy's Solar Array at Skidmore College
Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc. and Skidmore College today announced the completion of a solar project that will generate renewable energy in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The solar array consists of 6,950 ground-mounted solar panels spanning eight acres of land owned by Skidmore College. Dynamic Energy developed the project and also managed engineering, procurement and construction. Construction began in March and the project was completed in July.
The new offering combines the advantages of Enphase’s intelligent microinverter technology with a comprehensive set of services and partnerships to assist the owner and installer of a commercial solar project from concept through implementation and eventually to maintenance—providing low-cost solar energy and long-term reliability.
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.
Vivint Solar, the rooftop power producer owned by Blackstone Group LP, is seeking to raise as much as $371 million from its initial public offering.
Vivint Solar plans to offer 20.6 million shares at $16 to $18 each, according to a filing today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Bank of America Corp. and Credit Suisse Group AG are leading the deal.