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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Calling it “unfair to families, businesses and churches,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is urging West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to veto HB 2201, which could jeopardize the future of rooftop solar in the state by rewriting West Virginia’s net-metering policies. Rhone Resch, SEIA president and CEO, said the legislation needs to be revised before becoming law:
A new report from Duke University, The Solar Economy: Widespread Benefits for North Carolina, found that public policies such as North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard and Investment Tax Credit have made North Carolina first in the south and fourth in the nation for installed solar investment, creating jobs and boosting the economy across the state.
The City of Tybee Island and Chatham County announced Atlanta-based Hannah Solar, LLC as the winning bidder to develop the community solar program, Solarize Tybee. Solarize Tybee, the first Solarize project in Georgia, allows residents and business owners to purchase solar at a lower cost through the power of bulk purchasing, which is estimated to bring the total cost down by 15-30%. The program was originally intended for just Tybee Island, but after an outpour of positive responses from citizens in the region, it has now spread throughout all of Chatham County.
SEIA Partners with SolarNexus to Improve Solar Business Management Efficiency of Solar Energy Companies
Today, the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) and SolarNexus announced a new partnership to promote efficient business practices of SEIA members by using the SolarNexus solar business management software system. SolarNexus helps solar contractors profitably manage projects, organize client data, and collaborate with team members, accelerating the process of selling, installing and maintaining solar systems. As part of this relationship, SolarNexus will also promote the benefits of SEIA(R) membership to the SolarNexus community.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today ahead of President Obama's speech outlining steps Congress should take to create jobs.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA(R)) and the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) today announced a formalized partnership to coordinate the resources of both organizations and promote the growth of California's solar energy market.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement after today's announcement by Energy Secretary Chu of a $344 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy to support a national solar energy project on military homes. The "SolarStrong" project proposes to install solar photovoltaic systems on 160,000 military homes on 124 bases in 33 states. Project partners include installer SolarCity and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch. SolarCity plans to fill as many as possible of the estimated 3,000 jobs created under this project with U.S. veterans and military family members.
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA (R)) President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement in reaction to yesterday's announcement that solar manufacturer Solyndra is suspending operations.
SunEdison has the most ambitious plans for Utah, with several projects in the works in southwestern Utah. The company has secured agreements to sell 33 megawatts and is negotiating contracts for another 55, according to the company’s Sam Youneszadeh. It also is eyeing four large-scale projects across sites that could generate up to 260 megawatts — about two-thirds the capacity of Salt Lake City’s Gadsby generating station.
Assembly Bill 2188, authored by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, is meaningful progress on the goals first adopted in 1978 and will create a streamlined permitting process that will help continue to drive down the cost of going solar and increase access to more Californians, writes Ken Button, president and co-founder of Verengo Inc, a Torrance-based residential solar installation company that operates in California, New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.
GE Energy Financial Services Inc., a unit of General Electric Co. (GE), will invest in a 32-megawatt solar power project in southwest Japan’s Okayama prefecture.
It was quite the eventful offseason for Eagles outside linebacker Connor Barwin.
There were plenty of reasons for Great Bay Distributors to equip the roof of its new building with a solar power system, but Ron Petrini, CEO of the beverage supplier, sums it up this way: “It was the right thing to do.” “We didn’t start with the tax benefits and return on investment and work backwards,” he explained.