Following is a statement from Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on passage of the omnibus appropriations bill, which included a 5-year solar investment tax credit (ITC) extension.
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Trina Solar Ltd. says its State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology of China has set a new record for industrial high-efficiency p-type monocrystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells. The record-breaking p-type mono-crystalline silicon solar cell was fabricated on a large-size industrial boron-doped Cz-Si substrate with an advanced Honey Plus process that integrated both front and back surface passivation. The 156 x 156 mm2 solar cell reached a total-area efficiency of 22.13%. This result has been independently confirmed by the Fraunhofer ISE CalLab in Germany.
BOSTON, Mass. (December 16, 2015) A five-year extension to the solar investment tax credit (ITC), which is currently included in the omnibus spending bill under consideration in Congress, would result in 25 gigawatts (GW) of additional solar capacity over the next five years – a 54 percent increase over a no-extension scenario. According to GTM Research, which today released preliminary updated state- and segment-level forecasts based on the current omnibus language, ITC extension will foster $40 billion in incremental investment in solar between 2016 and 2020.
Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, a privatized airport group in Mexico and operator of Cancun Airport and eight other airports in southeast Mexico, announced an agreement with SunPower for 36 megawatts of solar power to serve ASUR's operations in Mexico. ASUR will buy power generated by the solar power plant under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with SunPower. SunPower expects to start construction on this 36-megawatt phase of a solar plant in Mexico in 2016.
Morgan Stanley subsidiary MS Solar Solutions committed $100 million to solar developer BlueWave Capital to build more than 25 megawatts of community solar in Massachusetts by the end of 2016. The backing from Morgan Stanley is the first major financing for BlueWave’s community solar projects in Massachusetts. If successful, the mission-driven solar developer expects to expand the portfolio to other states next year. BlueWave says it has more than 500 megawatts of solar projects in development, about one-tenth of which are in Massachusetts.
Sun-rich Hawaii is on pace to have its best year ever for new solar installations, according to the recently released U.S. Solar Market Insight Report compiled by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
On pace for its best year ever, Maryland had a record-breaking 174 percent increase in new solar capacity in the first quarter of this year compared to the same time period a year ago, according to the recently released U.S. Solar Market Insight Report compiled by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
Powered by growth across all solar sectors, Texas recorded its best-ever Q1 with 49 megawatts (MW) of newly installed solar capacity coming online, according to the recently released U.S. Solar Market Insight Report compiled by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Despite a strong first quarter, industry leaders are warning that future solar growth in Massachusetts is being jeopardized because net energy metering (NEM) caps have been reached in many areas of the state. These caps have been hit because of the exploding popularity of solar – evidenced by a 150 percent increase in new solar capacity in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the same quarter a year ago.
North Carolina became the fourth state in the nation to top 1,000 megawatts (MW) of installed solar capacity during the first quarter of 2015. Today, North Carolina trails only California, Arizona and New Jersey in total installed solar capacity, according to the recently released U.S. Solar Market Insight Report compiled by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). But despite the state’s rapid progress, solar industry leaders are warning that attempts to freeze North Carolina’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) will hurt solar growth, as well as the state’s economy.
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SunPower has started construction on the 100 MW Boulder solar energy plant in the Eldorado Valley of Boulder City, Nevada.
GameChange Racking announced that three additional roll forming lines are being bought online to begin production in February 2016 in Detroit, Michigan.
The U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) and REC Solar, a national provider of commercial solar and energy solutions, announced the interconnection of two solar energy carports totaling 280 kW at USAR offices in Arizona and California.
On January 24, 1974 – with Richard Nixon in the White House, but knee deep in the Watergate scandal – five people met in the noisy basement of the Washington Hilton to discuss the possibility of establishing an association for the nascent solar energy industry.
They agreed to create "a broad-based trade association supporting prompt, orderly, widespread and open growth of solar energy resources." This was the beginning of the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) four decades of successful advocacy.
As the third most populous state in the nation, New York has a huge upside when it comes to developing renewable energy sources – and that fact hasn’t been lost on Gov. Andrew Cuomo. On Wednesday, during his 2014 State of the State Address, the Governor confirmed that solar energy remains a priority for his administration.
Today, I was asked to take part in an online discussion on Capitol Hill as to whether Congress should extend renewable energy tax credits? Well, in some ways, this discussion is putting the cart before the horse. Most importantly, are incentives for renewable energy sources achieving their goals? In the case of solar, the answer is a resounding yes.
When it comes to renewable energy, you could call it the “shot heard round the world.” According to a new report by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the U.S. installed 930 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaics (PV) in Q3 2013, up 20 percent over Q2 2013 and 35 percent over Q3 2012. This represents the second largest quarter in the history of the U.S. solar market and the largest quarter ever for residential PV installations.
As the UN Climate Conference ended with a whimper last week, the U.S. continues to move forward in its attempts to curtail climate change.
According to the FERC's “Energy Infrastructure Update” report, 99.3 percent of all new electric generation placed in service during the month of October came from renewables – with solar leading the way by a country mile!
Even though they were overshadowed by the Senate’s historic decision to eliminate the use of the filibuster when it comes to most Presidential nominees – the so-called “nuclear option” – there were some major developments this week at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that are critically important to solar and renewable energy.
The rapid growth of rooftop solar has fueled an important debate about the future of our electric power system. And for good reason. Affordable, onsite solar power—aka distributed generation (DG)—offers electric customers something they’ve never had before: choice of where their power comes from and control over costs. The implications for the electric power system are profound and transformational as they point to a more decentralized future.
Public Service, the state’s largest power utility, to reduce compensation for the energy Arizonians produce on their rooftops, and all eyes are on that sunny state. Distributed generation offers concrete benefits to all ratepayers. For the utilities, distributed generation reduces investments in transmission and distribution infrastructure – delaying or eliminating the need to build new, expensive and often polluting power plants.