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Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020

Solar Industry Statement on $2 Trillion COVID-19 Stimulus Package

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following is a statement by Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, on the $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package agreed to by Congress late last night:

Monday, Mar 23, 2020

More than 550 Solar Companies Tell Congress to Protect the 250,000 Americans in the Solar Industry

Washington, D.C.—Today, 554 solar companies sent a letter to Congress underscoring the impact COVID-19 is having on the solar industry. Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association on the letter:

Thursday, Mar 19, 2020

SEIA Statement on Passage of Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The following is a statement by Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association on Congress’ passage and the president’s signature of the Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act:

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020

SEIA Statement on PJM MOPR Compliance Filing

Following is a statement from Katherine Gensler, vice president of regulatory affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association on PJM Interconnection’s compliance filing to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on how it plans to implement FERC’s order on capacity market pricing, known as the Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR):

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020

Solar Accounts for 40% of U.S. Electric Generating Capacity Additions in 2019, Adds 13.3 GW

Note: While there is reference in the below release to the unknown impacts of COVID-19 on projections, we wanted to acknowledge the toll the pandemic is having, and emphasize that projections may need to be revised as the wider effects of the crisis across our interconnected society become clearer. WASHINGTON, D.C. and HOUSTON, TX – Solar accounted for 40% of all new electric generating capacity in the U.S. in 2019, its highest share ever and more than any other source of electricity, with 13.3 gigawatts (GW) installed.

Friday, Mar 13, 2020

New York Doubles Down on Renewable Energy Growth with 1.2 GW Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) commended the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for announcing the outcome of the 2019 large-scale clean energy awards, which is an annual and competitive procurement process that NYSERDA follows to meet its Clean Energy Standard commitments by 2030. Of the twenty-one large scale projects announced today, seventeen were solar projects totaling more than 1 gigawatt. 

Thursday, Mar 12, 2020

Report Ranks States for Corporate Clean Energy Procurement

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) has released the 2020 update to the Corporate Clean Energy Procurement Index. This study shows how some states have improved their rankings by enacting common sense policies regarding domestic clean energy production and therefore are more likely to attract new business development, creating thousands of jobs in their communities.

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020

Washington State Passes Bill That Will Improve Solar Recycling Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week the Washington State House and Senate passed a bill that will update the state’s solar recycling policy. This bill will inform the final design and adoption of a comprehensive solar recycling program that is data-driven and considers the lifespan of modules that can last up to 50 years in the field.  Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on the bill passage:

Friday, Mar 06, 2020

Virginia Passes Landmark Zero Carbon Bill That Prioritizes Solar Access

WASHINGTON D.C. — This week an amended version of the Virginia Clean Economy Act cleared the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate and is now on its way to Governor Northam’s desk for signature. This landmark bill will enable the Commonwealth to achieve the ambitious climate goals Governor Northam laid out in Executive Order 43. Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the historic passage of the Virginia Clean Economy Act:

Friday, Mar 06, 2020

‘Virginia Solar for All’ Applauds Historic Passage of Virginia Clean Economy Act

RICHMOND, VA – Members of the Virginia Solar for All campaign applauded the historic passage of the Virginia Clean Economy Act on Friday, the culmination of hundreds of hours of collaboration, negotiations, and effort by distributed solar advocates and other stakeholders. An amended version of SB 851 passed the House of Delegates Thursday, and the Senate agreed to those amendments Friday, now sending the legislation to the desk of Governor Ralph Northam.

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