SEIA Forms New Committee to Expand Efforts in Midwest
Saturday, Feb 11 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. -The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced the formation of the Midwest State Committee in an effort to expand its education and advocacy efforts in the region.
The committee will work with SEIA members and allies to make sure that the Midwest is a vital part of the solar revolution. With massive opportunities for new clean energy capacity, this is a pivotal time for SEIA and the solar industry to form this committee and advocate for Midwest solar expansion.
“Over the next few years, the Midwest has the potential to become a hotbed of solar growth, which will result in a host of economic and environmental benefits for local communities,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA’s president and CEO. “This committee will provide a platform for solar companies to come together and help drive the industry’s messaging and stance on key policies that can transform Midwest power markets into a national leader in innovation and modernization.”
The committee, which will be open to SEIA’s Kilowatt Plus-level members and above, will focus on all solar market segments in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. These seven states installed dramatically more solar capacity in 2016 than they did in 2015, and GTM Research projects that these states will install more than 1 gigawatt of capacity by 2021, up from 73 megawatts in 2015.
Those interested in joining this committee should contact SEIA’s director of state affairs, Rick Umoff, at [email protected].
Celebrating its 43rd anniversary in 2017, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, which now employs more than 260,000 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 www.seia.org.
Alex Hobson, SEIA Senior Communications Manager, [email protected] (202) 556-2886