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A new study released today by the Stanford Graduate School of Business predicts that the U.S. solar industry is “headed for a cliff” if the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is not extended. Even though the report touts the solar industry’s “dramatic growth,” it called for a phase down of the ITC without any examination of the current and past tax treatments of established energy sources. Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), called that omission a “fatal flaw” which ignores how Congress has used the U.S. Tax Code over the past century to encourage the increased production of oil, gas, coal and even nuclear power, making it difficult for solar and other renewable energy sources to compete in the marketplace without incentives.
The industry's lobbying arm, the Solar Energy Industries Association, is working overtime to keep the incentive — the investment tax credit, or ITC — on the books past 2016, when its current treatment ends.
SunPower Corporation announced that it plans to partner with Apple to build two solar power projects totaling 40 megawatts (MW) in ABA Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefectures, Sichuan Province of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC). When complete, the two projects will be co-owned by Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development Co., Ltd., SunPower's project development joint venture, and Apple.
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.
The Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC) approved a loan guarantee of $230 million to support construction of the 141-megawatt solar plant, which is being built by Arizona-based First Solar.
Main Street Power Company and Partners Win 2014 "Photovoltaic Project of Distinction" Award at PV America East Conference
A three-megawatt (3 MW) solar installation built on a capped landfill in the town of Scituate, Mass., received one of four 2014 "Photovoltaic Project of Distinction" awards from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). "Scituate Solar I" was chosen by judges from among a pool of 21 semifinalist projects. The announcement was made on June 23 at a special ceremony at the annual PV America East conference in Boston.
Renewable energy naysayers like Robert Bryce ("Dreaming the Impossible Green Dream," op-ed, June 12) ignore the most productive renewable technology (as does most public policy), solar thermal. This is mystifying as the majority of primary energy is used for heat, not electricity.
Two universities in the nation's capital have agreed to a major energy deal to buy more than half their power from three new solar power farms that will be built in North Carolina, the schools announced Monday night.
George Washington University, American University and the George Washington University Hospital announced the 20-year agreement with Duke Energy Renewables to reduce their carbon footprints by directly tapping solar energy.
Joe Harrison had his hands full trying to keep up with business installing solar panels last year.
“It was crazy,” said Harrison, a senior project developer for Borrego Solar, a company that installs solar systems around the country. Borrego was one of the largest developers of solar power projects in Massachusetts last year.