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Following today's release of Going Solar: Tips and Considerations for Homeowners by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Tom Kimbis, interim president of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released the following statement:
Adding another tool to help consumers understand rooftop solar investments, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is introducing standardized disclosure statements covering the most common residential transactions.
Urban Grid & Universal Renewables complete Phase 1 of a 1,228 kW portfolio of rooftop solar systems for Friendship Public Charter School in Washington D.C.
Urban Grid Holdings, LLC (Urban Grid), a leading developer and financier of solar projects throughout the United States, has announced the completion of three projects totaling 511 kW of solar energy in Washington D.C. These three projects represent the first phase of a 1,228 kW portfolio on seven Charter schools, with the remaining installations to be completed in early summer.
In the first quarter of 2016, 1,665 megawatts (MW) of solar PV were installed in the United States with the solar industry adding more new capacity during this period than coal, natural gas and nuclear combined. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) U.S. Solar Market Insight, Q2 2016, the 1,665 MW accounted for 64 percent of all new electric generating capacity brought on-line in the first quarter of the year.
Tom Kimbis, general counsel and vice president of executive affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), will serve as the association’s interim president starting June 1, SEIA’s leadership announced today.
Following is a statement by Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on Illinois energy legislation:
"The solar industry is at the forefront of consumer protection for many reasons." Truer words have never been spoken, and that was the message that Tim Kimbis, acting president of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) delivered to solar industry observers, electric utility groups, and state and federal government officials at the Federal Trade Commission's workshop, entitled Something New Under the Sun: Competition & Consumer Protection Issues in Sol
SEIA held its inaugural Empowerment Series event last week at the Pillsbury Conference Center in Washington D.C. The event, Women’s Empowerment: Leaders in Solar Energy, brought together women leaders across all sectors of the solar industry to engage in meaningful discussion about new trends and policies. Attendees at the sold out event heard from expert panelists and speakers focused on educating, connecting and providing thought leadership for women in the solar industry.
President Obama announced this morning that he is putting forth actions that will accelerate grid integration of renewable energy and storage. This announcement comes hours before the White House hosts a Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets. Regulators, power companies, developers and others will come together to promote better grid integration for renewables and discuss efforts for energy storage and other flexible resources.
“Solar is Going to Get Ridiculously Cheap,” says the headline in a story by Fortune Magazine’s Katie Fehrenbacher.
Greentech Media (GTM) and SEIA's 2016 Q2 SMI report makes it clear that the solar industry's upward trajectory is no longer shadowed by other forms of electric generation. In fact, solar companies added more capacity in the first quarter of 2016 than was added by the natural gas, coal, nuclear, and wind industries combined.
Last week the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued an important ruling on implementing the state’s recently passed net metering law.
On April 11th Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation that increased the Bay State’s net metering caps, preserved full retail rate net energy metering (NEM) for some classes of customers and established a new reduced credit rate for some solar projects.
America has reached the milestone of 1 million solar systems nationwide.
But what is even more remarkable is what that looks like in communities across the country and what comes next.
It took us 40 years to get to 1 million solar systems around the country, but it will take us only 2 years to get the next 1 million systems. Just 2 years. That's the prowess of American ingenuity and the creativity of entrepreneurs at work. And it's the appetite Americans have for taking control of their energy future with clean and local renewable sources.
Another SEIA staff member has gone solar!
Terri White, the first person people see when they visit us at the Solar Energy Industries Association, recently had an eight kilowatt rooftop system mounted on her Maryland home. She had the system installed at no cost through a power purchase agreement with SolarCity.
From the heroic 1990 Peace Climb to the 2010 rally at the National Mall, Earth Day has been unifying citizens worldwide in epic demonstrations that celebrate nature and challenge governments to place environmental preservation at the top of their agendas. This year, our leaders are heeding this call to action.
Last July, pilot André Borschberg wearily stepped out the cockpit he’d been confined to for five days and five nights. He had just flown non-stop over the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Hawaii in the Solar Impulse 2, an airplane propelled entirely by solar energy. Today, nine months after touching down in Oahu, Solar Impulse 2 is resuming its historic mission to fly around the world.