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Wednesday, Jul 01, 2020

House Passes Infrastructure Package with Key Clean Energy Provisions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, on the passage of the Moving Forward Act in the U.S. House of Representatives: “This is an important legislative step, and we thank our champions and leaders in the House for their work to move pro-solar provisions forward in the Moving Forward Act.

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020

SEIA Statement on House Climate Plan and Environmental Justice Priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following is a statement by Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy industries Association on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis’ Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America. Ms. Hopper testified before the Select Committee last year, and many of the ideas included in her testimony are addressed in the 547-page plan. 

Thursday, Jun 25, 2020

Congressional Leaders Call for Solar Specific Solutions in Economic Recovery Plans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the House Ways and Means Committee introduced the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act as a part of the $1.5 trillion House infrastructure package released earlier this week.

Monday, Jun 15, 2020

SEIA: Petition to End Net Metering Would be Unlawful Federal Power Grab

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jurisdiction over net metering rests with the states and local regulatory bodies and granting a petition to have the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulate retail programs would represent an unlawful federal power grab, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said in response to the petition today.

Thursday, Jun 11, 2020

U.S. Solar Market Sets Q1 Record As Pandemic Mutes Q2 Outlook

WASHINGTON, D.C. and HOUSTON, TX – The U.S. solar market installed 3.6 gigawatts (GW) of new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in Q1 2020, representing its largest first quarter ever in the United States. According to the U.S. Solar Market Insight Q2 2020 report, released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie, the coronavirus pandemic is having a significant impact on the U.S. solar industry

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2020

U.S. Renewable and Clean Energy Industries Set Sights on Market Majority

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Within a decade, more than half of the electricity generated in the U.S. will come from clean, renewable resources supported by energy storage, according to a joint commitment today from the American wind, solar, hydropower, and energy storage industries. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), National Hydropower Association (NHA), and Energy Storage Association (ESA) have agreed to actively collaborate across their industry segments to achieve this target.

Monday, Jun 01, 2020

SEIA Statement on Racial Injustices and its Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Below is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA): "Following the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many other brown and black colleagues, friends, and family, we share in the heartache and rage over such sustained and systematic racism in our country.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

SEIA Statement on Treasury Department Guidance on Safe Harbor Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. — New guidance from the Treasury Department confirms that the safe harbor provisions for the solar Investment Tax Credit will be extended until October 15 as a result of the pandemic, giving solar companies more time to qualify for the important credit.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Senate Republicans Send Treasury Department Letter Seeking Safe Harbor Extension

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On May 21, 2020 Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) sent a letter to the Treasury Department requesting changes to safe harbor requirements for solar energy projects in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Monday, May 18, 2020

COVID-19 Erases Five Years of Solar Job Growth

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New analysis shows that the U.S. solar industry will employ 114,000 fewer workers by June 2020, compared to previous forecasts that projected the industry would employ 302,000 Americans over the same time period. With an expected workforce of 188,000 people, this job loss will take the industry back to 2014 levels as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Last week the U.S. government reported another 3 million unemployment claims. The solar industry is now losing jobs at a faster rate than the U.S. economy.

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