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Committee participation provides a valuable leadership experience for you and networking opportunities to help your business. Contact SEIA today to learn more about joining our committees. If your company is not yet a SEIA member, you can learn more about how to join SEIA and the many benefits that come with SEIA membership.

Basic-level Committees

Basic SEIA members are entitled to all member benefits and the ability to join as many of the basic-level committees as they wish.

Corporate Social Responsibility (monthly)

The group includes a working group on PV Recycling, a hot button issue right now. The industry will be working on leading the efforts on PV Recycling in the U.S. The group is also focused on environmental and social responsibility through the Solar Commitment, a voluntary commitment that outlines best practices in the solar industry for environment, health, and safety issues.

Codes & Standards (bi-weekly)

This group focuses on Building Codes and Product Standards, as well as fire safety. It proactively engages with streamlining testing and certification requirements and the advancement of respected industry wide objectives for increased credibility.

Installer Safety (monthly)

This group discusses concerns about safety and complying with state and federal regulations regarding the installation process. This group informs SEIA’s work with OSHA to provide guidance to the industry, participate in updates to regulations, and participate in federal safety initiatives.

Wholesale Distribution Generation (ad hoc)

This group discusses issues related to the deployment of solar projects ranging from 1 MW to 20 MW that interconnect to a distribution system and are engaged in a wholesale transaction.

EPA 111(d) Integration Cost Benefits (bi-weekly)

This group discusses a range of issues pertaining to the EPA rules. The group is currently focused on the EPA’s proposed rule and strengthening the solar components both in setting the state targets and in overcoming barriers to including solar in state compliance plans. The EPA 111(d) group is also working with a range of coalition partners on the state level to ensure that solar is included in compliance plans, and is also working with groups like NARUC, NACAA, NASEO, and ECOS to understand the benefits of solar.

Kilowatt-level Committees

Members at the Kilowatt level are entitled to join as many of the Basic-level working groups, committees, and task forces as they wish, PLUS the Kilowatt-level groups listed below.

Finance (monthly) 

This group discusses how to expand and improve financing options for solar projects including the Department of Energy's Loan Guarantee Program, the development of a clean energy bank, and other potential financing options for the solar industry.

Public Relations (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.

Tax & Accounting (bi-weekly) 

This group discusses how to expand and improve financing options for solar projects including the Department of Energy's Loan Guarantee Program, the development of a clean energy bank, and other potential financing options for the solar industry.

Siting & Permitting (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.

Trade & Competitiveness (bi-weekly) 

This group’s scope includes international and national issues conducive to trade ranging from the U.S.-China dispute to eliminating local barriers to trade. It is a hot policy issue that affects every SEIA member and the group strives to reinforce domestic solar productivity and manufacturing.

Megawatt-level Committees

Megawatt members are invited to share their expertise and drive SEIA policy as participants of any Basic-level and Kilowatt-level groups, PLUS the Megawatt-level groups listed below.

State-level and Regional Committees (as needed) 

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:

  • AZ State Committee 
  • CA State Committee 
  • CO State Committee 
  • MA State Committee 
  • NJ State Committee 
  • NV State Committee 
  • NY State Committee 
  • TX State Committee
  • Southeastern States Committee

Federal Affairs (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. 

Solar Beltway Task Force (monthly)

Monthly breakfast held locally at SEIA headquarters to bring together organizations in the area.

Terawatt (Board-level Only) Committees

By joining SEIA at the Terrawatt level, you will have access to ALL committees, discounts on publications and events, and a seat on SEIA's Board of Directors. You will also be able to serve on on the board-only level groups and enjoy all the general membership benefits! 

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.

Post-2016 Task Force (weekly)

This board-level only task force of the Federal Policy Committee is designed to help shape SEIA’s policy position for the investment tax credit in a post-2016.

State Policy Commmittee (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.

Net Metering Task Force (monthly)

This task force discusses all issues pertaining to net metering at the state and federal levels.

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 of the SEIA Board (bi-weekly)

These elected members are chosen to act on behalf of SEIA and are responsible for managing its affairs and furthering SEIA’s commitment to solar best practices. Duties include reviewing the budget, adopting and amending bylaws, confirming appointments and working together to enhance the solar community.

Governance Task Force (ad hoc)

This task force of the SEIA Board that looks at all issues related to the governance of SEIA, such as divisional and board structure.

 

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 Division includes member companies involved in solar water heating, solar pool heating, solar space heating, and solar cooling. Solar heating and cooling technologies are clean, reliable, and cost-effective technologies that reduce utility bills for thousands of homes and businesses. Today, Americans across the country are at work manufacturing and installing systems that significantly reduce our dependence on imported fuels. We need smart policies to expand this fast-growing job-producing sector.

Solar Services & Consumers (SSC): This division is for Solar Service providers (law firms, accounting firms, engineers, banks and other debt providers and investors), financial and investment advisors, educational institutions and related organizations (and consumers of solar energy). Generally, this division serves SEIA members who support the advancement of the solar industry.

Utility-Scale Solar Power (USP): The Utility-Scale Solar Power 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.

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