WASHINGTON, DC - In what’s considered an important victory for property rights supporters, the Georgia Senate has given final legislative approval to legislation which will make it easier and more affordable for homeowners, businesses, churches, schools, non-profits, military facilities, and police and fire departments to install rooftop solar systems. Previously approved by Georgia’s House of Representatives, the Solar Power Free Market Financing Act, House Bill 57, now goes to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.
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Praising his “leadership, legacy and commitment to clean energy,” retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will be remembered, among other things, for helping to foster the rapid growth of solar energy in America, according to Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Sen. Reid, who has served in Congress since 1983, announced today that he will not seek reelection in 2016.
SunPower's 137-acre Fort Churchill Solar Project on the south side of Sierra Way near the NV Energy Fort Churchill power plant in north Mason Valley is reportedly nearing completion.
SunPower Corp. will build a $50 million Nellis Solar Array II that will be owned by NV Energy on land leased from the Air Force in the southwest part of the base. Combined with the first array SunPower built in 2007 — a 13.2-megawatt solar plant — the two will power base facilities exclusively on the sun’s renewable energy during daylight hours.
Colorado-based solar developer Namaste Solar is opening a branch office in White Plains, N.Y.
New Study Shows Significant Job Growth in 2012 from One-Year Extension of Successful Treasury Program
Today, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released “Economic Impact of Extending the Section 1603 Treasury Program,” a report by renowned global energy analysis firm EuPD Research. The report examines projected job growth and solar deployment associated with a one-year extension of the Section 1603 Treasury Program.
The U.S. solar energy industry continued its rapid growth through the second quarter of this year, gaining a greater share of the total global market according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)'s latest quarterly U.S. Solar Market Insight report.
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.
It is no coincidence that companies like Innovative Solar Systems have expanded and are now primarily only developing and building solar farm projects that are over 20MW in size. By increasing the size of these solar farm projects in the U.S many things happen: the cost to lease the land goes down, the cost of the equipment is less and of course the labor to construct and build these massive solar farm projects are much less. Softer costs like legal, environmental studies and engineering can also be less if spread over the entire size of the project.
Give or take a few hazy mornings or dust storm-influenced afternoons, the sun shines in Phoenix more than 300 days a year. That’s been one of the consistent selling points on why the Valley — and the state of Arizona overall — should be the center of the universe of the solar industry.
Reality, though, indicates something a lot different.
We spoke to Tom Kimbis, vice president of executive affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association.
PV is set to become the second most important source of power in the US after natural gas by 2040, according to the US government's Energy Information Administration (EIS).
The EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2014 predicts the overall rate of new electric generation capacity between now and 2040 will slow compared to recent years, but that solar will become an increasingly important part of the picture.
An Iowa Supreme Court ruling may spur growth of solar energy in the state, according to an industry group.
The decision, "clears the air", Ken Johnson a spokesman for the Washington-based Solar Energy Industries Association, said in an interview today. “It’s going to make Iowa a more viable market for solar investors.”
Solar energy is slowly but surely making its way into the mainstream, with individual consumers installing panels atop their homes and companies like Apple investing heavily in the energy source.
To learn a bit more about the history and state of solar energy, Business Insider chatted with Lynn Jurich, the CEO of Sunrun.