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.
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.
A new report shows that the U.S. is central to the global solar supply chain. In 2010, U.S. solar firms achieved a positive trade flow of $1.9 billion globally according to SEIA® and GTM Research’s U.S. Solar Energy Trade Assessment 2011. Photovoltaic (PV) components accounted for more than 99 percent of the year’s exports, with solar heating and cooling (SHC) claiming the remainder of the positive balance.
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.
Massachusetts-based installer Nexamp and Mohegan Council, Boy Scouts of America announced the start of operations of the 6-MW solar facility at the Treasure Valley Scout Reservation in Rutland, Mass. The project – among the largest solar arrays in New England – will provide a steady source of income for the Boy Scouts as well as substantial savings for local municipalities.
Solar companies are zeroing in on South Shore middle-income families as an untapped market for residential installations. More than 286 solar-related companies are operating in Massachusetts, employing 6,400 people, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
SolarCity, the San Mateo, Calif.-based solar panel installer backed by billionaire investor Elon Musk, is increasing its employee base by about 100 in Massachusetts. It opened a 7,500-square-foot operations center in Pembroke in May, supporting its 2-year-old operations center in Marlboro.