WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today in response to Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) releasing its 2012 Solar Scorecard.
Health and safety issues include fire safety, workforce development, and industry codes & standards. The solar industry is working proactively to address these issues by developing best practices and pursuing industry solutions to ensure responsible business practices among U.S. solar companies.
The health and safety of workers, both pre- and post-manufacture, is an important component of social sustainability. The solar industry is developing best practices that ensure worker health and safety, and focus on awareness and compliance with US laws and regulations.
Firefighters often must access roof space in the course of fighting a fire. Therefore, the solar industry is researching best practices to ensure fire-fighter safety, and tracking fire incidents involving solar panels to further address concerns.
The process of installing solar energy can involve adhering to a number of construction, safety and other types of codes and standards. The solar industry proactively works to ensure that all relevant codes and standards allow for the safe and responsible installation of solar energy systems.
Within the solar industry, workforce development issues include training, licenses, certification, and accreditation. SEIA provides guidance and information to solar companies regarding training opportunities, certifications, and other information.