Solar has seen a 70% compound annual growth since 2010, with over 4GW installed in 2013. Indeed, preliminary numbers indicate that approximately 28% of all new US generation capacity installed in 2013 was from solar. Despite this growth, solar generation is still a small part of the overall generation mix. This holds true even for the states with the highest solar penetration.
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As distributed generation (DG) solar energy systems continue to become more accessible and affordable, increased adoption of these grid-energy reducing technologies is likely. SEIA proposes the following principles as a foundation for designing rates that properly value and enable a high penetration of DG, while recognizing the interests of utility shareholders and non-generating customers in a system with just and reasonable rates. Overall, SEIA asserts that these principles are consistent with the imperative of public utility commissions and energy service providers to maintain reliable, cost-effective service to all customers while protecting the right of customers to generate their own energy in a manner that provides many public benefits including environmental protection and economic development.
Current energy dialogue in the U.S. is centered on the solutions that reduce energy costs as well as the carbon pollution from the electricity and transportation sectors. However, a third sector is missing from this dialogue: the thermal energy that is used for heating and cooling applications.
SEIA's guiding principles for a net metering policy.
Letter on Supporting Solar Incentives in Any New Tax Code
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and ranking Republican Orrin Hatch (R-UT) sent a Dear Colleague letter on June 27, 2013 proposing a “blank-slate” approach as the legislative starting point for tax reform. They called on their Senate colleagues to provide input and proposals by July 26th on which tax expenditures should be retained or improved in a reformed tax code. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) has sponsored a letter in support of retaining long-term tax incentives that will continue to encourage the growth of clean and renewable domestic energy resources.
With widespread U.S. concerns over India’s trade practices and policies, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) – along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and nearly 40 other leading American business groups – are urging Vice President Biden to raise these concerns during his visit to India later this month.
The Solar Energy Industries Association has joined the U.S.
Solar plays a critical role in making the military’s energy supply more secure, distributed, affordable and independent. The DoD has committed to meet 25% of its energy needs with renewable energy by 2025.