Committees & Divisions
SEIA's committees, working groups, and task forces form the basis of our premium levels of membership. These groups provide valuable leadership experience for our members and networking opportunities to help grow your business. If your company is not yet a premium SEIA member, you can learn more about how to join SEIA and the many benefits that come with SEIA membership.
Watt Level Working Groups
CODES & STANDARDS WORKING GROUP (BI-WEEKLY): This group focuses on development and revision of Building Codes and Product Standards, as well as fire safety, to ensure the continued expansion of solar-friendly technical market requirements. It proactively engages with streamlining testing and certification requirements and the advancement of respected industry wide objectives for increased market credibility and growth.
COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL WORKING GROUP (MONTHLY): The C&I Working Group is focused on expanding solar deployment opportunities in the commercial and industrial and non-profit sectors through financial innovations, standardization of project documents, education and outreach. The Working Group continues, in part, the work of the SEIA Finance Initiative which focused on commercial PACE and other financial tools to overcome relevant barriers and reduce unnecessary transaction costs.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WORKING GROUP (MONTHLY): The Community Engagement Working Group (CEWG) provides a venue for SEIA member companies to share and to improve best practices for ensuring a diverse company workforce, encourage access of solar to low income customers and to develop and implement new community outreach initiatives.
MOUNTING SYSTEMS MANUFACTURING WORKING GROUP (MONTHLY): The working group represents all PV mounting and racking segments covering system installation locations and applications including residential, commercial and utility scale projects on steep slope, low slope (flat roof) and fixed and tracking ground mount systems; working closely with SEIA’s Codes & Standards Working Group. *Open to only members of mounting and/or racking companies.
OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE WORKING GROUP (MONTHLY): Solar system and plant owners, operators and service providers want to optimize for plant performance, customer satisfaction, profit and long-term performance sustainability. As a critical segment in the solar value chain, the newly formed Operations & Maintenance Working Group will work on issues unique and critical to service providers and organizations involved in this activity.
PUERTO RICO WORKING GROUP (MONTHLY): This group focuses on Puerto Rican solar deployment, including market development, disaster recovery, and grid resiliency. The Working Group continues, in part, the work that SEIA initiated in 2017 in response to Hurricane Maria.
PURPA WORKING GROUP (WEEKLY): This group is dedicated working on PURPA (Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act) issues at the state and federal levels.
PV RECYCLING WORKING GROUP (WEEKLY): The group examines PV Recycling structures and financing, creates PV Recycling messaging and communications, establishes the SEIA national PV recycling program and helps to formulate responses to any PV Recycling regulations.
SOLAR QUALITY ASSURANCE WORKING GROUP (MONTHLY): The Solar Quality Assurance Working Group seeks to evaluate, develop and encourage adoption of industry best practices in solar asset design, production estimate, installation, commissioning and O&M, and contractor qualification. The group’s activities are intended to facilitate high-quality solar installations that induce consumer and investor confidence across the industry. The group will leverage the expertise of solar developers, asset managers, independent engineers, component manufacturers, investors and other stakeholders to create; and encourage the widespread adoption of; protocols, criteria, tools, and other resources that help standardize and improve asset quality.
TRANSMISSION WORKING GROUP (AD HOC): This group is the designated forum for SEIA members to discuss electricity transmission matters, particularly issues before the FERC, including variable resources integration, open access policies, transmission planning and cost allocation issues, reactive power and other matters.
Kilowatt Level Committees
The Kilowatt level offers enhanced market and industry intelligence, plus opportunities to expand your company’s brand through greater visibility, and increased access to the most up-to-date industry knowledge affecting your business. The following committees increase your ability to track the latest tax, finance, procurement, and project development trends.
EPA COMMITTEE (AD HOC): Works on policies and regulations issued by EPA that impact solar companies, including the Affordable Clean Energy rule and its predecessor the Clean Power Plan. Engages at the agency level and in courts to advocate for clean energy policies that drive solar markets by leveraging solar as a tool to reduce carbon emissions.
PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE (BI-WEEKLY): This committee coordinates industry messaging, spokespersons, press outreach and rapid response to promote the benefits of solar energy and represents all solar technologies and market segments.
SITING & PERMITTING COMMITTEE (MONTHLY): This group provides technical expertise regarding the siting and permitting of solar power plants to government entities such as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other stakeholders involved in permitting conversations.
TAX & ACCOUNTING COMMITTEE (BI-WEEKLY): This group discusses pressing tax issues on Capitol Hill and in the Administration. The group is comprised of leading tax attorneys and consultants in the country as well as our member companies’ tax experts.
TRADE WORKING GROUP (BI-WEEKLY): Provide real-time information on trade issues, including, e.g., tariff updates, classification and country of origin decisions, and trade policy developments. The TWG will also serve as SEIA’s principal forum for developing trade policy recommendations, including recommendations on strategy. In 2019, this focus will be on the Section 201 mid-term review and engagement on U.S.-China issues.
Kilowatt+ Level Committees
The Kilowatt Plus membership is considered our Regional Affairs membership. Members at this level enjoy access to the above committees plus access to the state and regional committees in one of the following regions:
Northeast: Northeast Regional Committee
South: Southeast Regional Committee and Texas Committee
Midwest: Midwest Regional Committee
West: California Committee and InterMountain West Regional Committee
Megawatt Level Committees
The Megawatt level is considered our National & State Affairs membership. Members at this level enjoy access to all the above committees including the Kilowatt level and all State and Regional committees listed above. At this level, your company is on the inside track of state and federal policy issues with eyes and ears inside Washington, D.C. and other critical filings and policy matters at the state level:
FEDERAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE (WEEKLY): Policy forum for SEIA members to be engaged in high-level discussions and strategies regarding federal legislative and regulatory policies that affect the U.S. solar industry. This group’s scope also includes issues related to international trade ranging from the Section 201 case to eliminating local barriers to trade.
STATE-LEVEL AND REGIONAL COMMITTEES (AD HOC): State-level and regional committees engage in discussion of day to day tactical activities as well as long term strategy that includes but is not limited to: discussion of all filings and related policy materials at the state level, initiating communication with state level policy makers in order to strengthen our voice, and participate in lobby day. You can join any of the following state-level and regional committees:
- California State Committee
- Inter-Mountain West State Committee
- Northeast Regional Committee
- Texas State Committee
- Southeast Regional Committee
- Midwest Regional Committee
SOLAR BELTWAY (MONTHLY): The SolarBeltway is a task force of SEIA’s Federal Affairs Committee designed for SEIA members living and working within the DMV Beltway who are working on federal issues. In addition to the monthly networking and strategy breakfasts held locally at SEIA headquarters, SolarBeltway members are regularly invited to participate alongside of SEIA staff lobbyists for our meetings on Capitol Hill.
Gigawatt Level Committees
CONSUMER PROTECTION COMMITTEE (WEEKLY): SEIA’s Consumer Protection Committee (CPC) seeks to address consumer-oriented issues within U.S. solar markets through activities that increase consumer, industry, government, and media understanding of solar energy transactions, technical capabilities, and characteristics, while promoting solar industry growth and competition. To achieve its goals, the CPC will work to develop materials, education outreach efforts, certification programs, and a business code.
Terawatt Level Committees & Task Forces
The Terawatt level is the top tier of membership and earns your company a seat on our Board of Directors. Terawatt level membership provides you and your company with the opportunity to directly influence the policy, operations, and priorities of the only national trade association dedicated to the U.S. solar industry.
ETHICS COMMITTEE (AD HOC): This committee is designed to uphold the moral and ethical obligations of SEIA, enforce the Code of Ethics, and respond to any grievances
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (BI-WEEKLY): The Executive Committee is a Committee of the Board that acts with the power of the Board when the Board is not is session. The Executive Committee provides guidance to the Association on matters relating to association operations, governance, finance, events, and any other matter not reserved for the Board or other committee.
FEDERAL POLICY COMMITTEE (AD HOC): This committee is the driving force behind federal policy and is the authoritative decision making body for all policy initiatives at the federal level. Members of this committee set the direction for SEIA to follow and provide a condensed update to our board members, as well as being a forum for members to review positions crafted by the Federal Affairs Committees for implementation.
GOVERNANCE TASK FORCE (AD HOC): This task force of the SEIA Board considers issues related to the governance of SEIA, such as divisional and board structure, on an as-needed basis.
STATE POLICY COMMITTEE (MONTHLY): This committee is the driving force behind state policy and the authoritative decision making body for all policy initiatives at the state level. Members of the State Policy Committee set the direction for states to follow and provide a condensed state-by-state update to the SEIA Board. This committee also acts as a forum for members to review positions crafted by the individual State Committees for implementation.
SEIA Member Divisions
Distributed Generation (DG): The Distributed Generation (DG) Division provides a forum for discussing issues important to businesses engaged in the deployment of customer-sited solar power systems. The division serves residential installers, commercial developers, EPC firms, DG finance firms and manufacturers focused on DG applications. Via periodic conference calls, social media, and other venues, members of the DG Division can receive important updates on codes, standards, safety, policy and finance and provide input to help steer SEIA’s advocacy efforts.
Solar Heating & Cooling (SHC): SEIA's Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) Division is a forum for member companies involved in solar water heating, solar pool heating, solar space heating, and solar cooling space. Via monthly conference calls, social media, and other venues like its annual SHC Symposium, members of the SHC division can engage with SHC industry leaders, receive important industry updates, and be at the forefront of growing the solar heating & cooling market by reducing barriers and advocating for policies on the federal, state, and local levels.
Solar Services & Consumers (SSC): This division is for solar service providers (law firms, accounting firms, engineering firms, banks and other debt providers and investors), financial and investment advisors, educational institutions and related organizations as well as consumers of solar energy. Generally, this division serves SEIA members and supports the advancement of the solar industry.
Utility-Scale Solar Power (USP): The Utility-Scale Solar Power (USP) division includes photovoltaic, concentrating solar power and concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) projects. Concentrating solar power technologies include trough, power tower, compact linear Fresnel and dish systems which concentrate the thermal energy of the sun to drive a conventional steam turbine. Utility-scale projects often generate hundreds of megawatts of electricity, making them attractive as wholesale energy suppliers to utilities. The Utility-Scale Solar Power division serves those companies which develop these projects or manufacture, sell or install equipment for use in such projects.