SEIA member Verengo Inc., one of the nation's leading residential solar specialists, today announced it has reached the 75 MW (megawatt) milestone with its 13,000th residential rooftop installation. Verengo, honored last month by Inc. magazine on their 500|5000 List as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., also announced an expansion plan focusing on key strategic markets on the east and west coasts.
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Enphase Energy Inc. has partnered with the Brian D. Robertson Memorial Solar Schools Fund (BDR Fund) to install solar photovoltaic systems in at least 25 K-12 schools across the U.S.
The donations will contribute to the fund's goal of installing 20,000 solar PV systems to U.S. schools by the year 2020. Named after the late U.S. solar sector pioneer Brian Robertson, the BDR Fund is a project of The Solar Foundation.
New Jersey-based solar pool heater manufacturer Aquatherm Industries, Inc. officially celebrated its 25th year in the solar thermal industry. Founded in 1989, the company has grown to be the largest manufacturer of swimming pool solar heaters in the U.S., thanks in large to a loyal dealer/distributor network that spans the globe.
Coming on the heels of the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) encouraging second-quarter industry report, the Solar Power Mid-Atlantic conference wrapped up this week to much applause. The first-ever Solar Power Mid-Atlantic drew hundreds of solar professionals from New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland to the Atlantic City Convention Center for two days of panels and talks on solar opportunities in the region.
Calling it a win for both the economy and the environment, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), today applauded a decision by the University of California to significantly expand its use of solar energy. As part of an ambitious plan to become carbon-neutral by 2025, university officials this week signed an agreement to purchase the electricity generated by 80 megawatts (MW) of solar – approximately 200,000 MW hours annually.
The United States’ solar market hit a major milestone in the second quarter of this year, with more than half a million homes and businesses now generating solar energy. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Q2 2014 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, the U.S. installed 1,133 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the second quarter of this year.
On October 20 and 21, Solar Power International, the solar industry’s most powerful, comprehensive educational conference and product exhibition, will offer its first-ever dedicated symposium on the solar heating and cooling (SHC) sector.
Verizon Communications Inc., a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers, today announced plans to nearly double its capacity to generate clean, reliable and affordable solar energy. This year, Verizon will install 10.2 megawatts (MW) of new solar systems at eight Verizon facilities located in five states, including California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.
Solar energy company SolarCity Corp. is planning to add a Baltimore-area location by the end of the year. SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY) announced the area location as part of an effort to open 20 new operations centers in seven states. The wave includes one other planned Maryland location, in Clarksburg.
Canadian Solar Inc. (CSIQ), the third-best performing solar panel maker in the past year, and the investment arm of China’s Sichuan province will create a 5 billion yuan ($810 million) fund to build solar projects. Sichuan Development Holding Co., Canadian Solar and third party investors will raise the funding, Guelph, Ontario-based Canadian Solar said today in a statement.
This was a huge week for fans of clean energy. First, Telsa Motors announced that it would build a new factory in Nevada, employing 6,500 workers. Then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed to hold a vote later this year on green energy tax credits. That important announcement was quickly followed by news that the U.S. solar market hit a major milestone in the second quarter of this year with more than half a million homes and businesses now generating solar energy.
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With less than a month to go, the first Solar Power Mid-Atlantic, a new regional event highlighting the strong solar industry in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, is quickly gaining momentum.
As the old proverb goes, “you can’t have your cake and eat it, too.” But convincing some people of that isn't easy.
In hopes of ending the long-running and costly U.S.-China solar trade dispute, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has urged SolarWorld Americas, LLC to step forward and offer a specific proposal that could serve as the basis for discussions and eventually lead to a negotiated settlement.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “half the truth is often a great lie.” Keep that in mind when you read a recent report prepared for our friends at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) about Germany’s experience with renewable energy, including solar power.
Here’s the gist of the argument made by the energy consulting firm, Finadvice: Germany’s wholesale markets are suffering from “disequilibrium” because of increased consumer costs. The 86-page report is pretty much a hatchet job on renewables. “In conclusion, the lessons learned in Europe prove that the large-scale integration of renewable power does not provide net savings to consumers, but rather a net increase in costs to consumers and other stakeholders,” according to the report.
Really? That’s the problem with half-truths. Not surprisingly, there’s no mention of the enormous societal costs of the damaging pollution which is caused by burning fossil fuels and undeniably driving climate change.
So what’s the other side of the story – the one utilities fail to mention? In response to that question, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today released a comprehensive study taking an in-depth look at Germany’s solar support programs and how the United States can benefit in the long term from the experiences of the world’s leading solar producer.
When it comes to clean energy and sustainability, solar looks to be a shoo-in one day for the “green” Hall of Fame. Today, more and more sports teams, sports leagues and sports organizations are embracing the advantages of solar energy.
Like many others, I believe the U.S. Department of Commerce’s 2012 and 2014 trade decisions against the Chinese module manufacturers are essentially protectionist in nature.
Two recent developments clearly demonstrate why America remains “bullish” on solar energy. But they’re also vivid reminders of why we need to remain vigilant. As an organization, and as an industry, too much is at stake for us to become complacent. As the old saying goes on Capitol Hill: “What Congress giveth, Congress can taketh away.”
If you listen to many utility executives, distributed solar energy has the potential to destabilize electrical grids and result in huge cost shifts for many American consumers. Well, as the Irish are fond of saying: blarney!
Over the next 12 months, I am going to challenge our SEIA Board and team to articulate a vision and to plan a path to a world where solar is one of the top three energy sources globally. Executing against that vision and path will keep our industry among the fastest-growing in the world today.
"Cathedral thinking" refers to deep dedication to a complex endeavor that will outlive its architects. Today, it's imperative to apply this philosophy to the global crisis of climate change -- a threat that has taken centuries to create and will require unprecedented, strategic engagement of mankind to resolve.