Skip to main content

National Solar Trade Group Adds Minnesota to Growing Affiliate Network

Thursday, Oct 24 2019

Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. and ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the U.S. solar energy industry, announced today that the Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) is now a formal SEIA state affiliate.

Minnesota is a burgeoning solar market, and the two groups will work together to establish the industry as a stronger part of the state’s economy.

“We see so much potential for solar in Minnesota, which is already leading the way in the community solar sector,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of SEIA. “This partnership with MnSEIA will strengthen our voice in the state as we work to make Minnesota a leading market in the Solar+ Decade.”

Today, Minnesota is home to an impressive 1.2 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar electric generating capacity, enough to power 168,000 homes, and ranking 13th nationally.

minnesota solar chart

"We expect to see exponential solar market growth coming to Minnesota and we look forward to breaking our employment records, currently estimated at 5,000 strong and growing rapidly,” said David Shaffer, executive director of MnSEIA. “With increasingly aggressive and innovative solar deployment goals issued by Minnesota's forward-thinking cities, utilities and agencies, we will seize all opportunities to Move Minnesota Solar Forward with our partners at SEIA."

SEIA has developed strategic partnerships with numerous state and regional advocacy non-profits, known as SEIA Affiliates. These organizations have demonstrated leadership on policy and regulatory matters, actively engage with the solar industry in their respective territories and offer grassroots support for SEIA’s federal campaigns, among other accomplishments.

We are proud to call them our partners in growing the U.S. solar industry.

To see a map of the current SEIA affiliates across the country, go to


About SEIA®: 

Celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2019, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, which now employs more than 242,000 Americans. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to build jobs and diversity, champion the use of cost-competitive solar in America, remove market barriers and educate the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at


Media Contact: 

Morgan Lyons, SEIA's Senior Communications Manager, (202) 556-2872

Related News

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Bipartisan Lawmakers Representing Nearly 200 Million Americans Unite Against Solar Tariff Case

  The Commerce Department’s baseless solar tariff investigation is front and center in the news, and political leaders are stepping up to protect their constituents and voice opposition. 

Read More
Friday, Jul 09, 2021

New Jersey Gov. Greenlights New Programs for Grid-Scale and Dual-Use Solar Development

TRENTON, N.J. and WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today Governor Murphy signed into law two important pieces of legislation that will help to increase solar development across New Jersey.

Read More
Thursday, Jul 01, 2021

New Jersey Legislature Sends Two Important Solar Energy Bills to Gov. Murphy’s Desk

TRENTON, N.J. and WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday the New Jersey legislature passed two pieces of legislation that will help increase solar development across the state.

Read More