Solar and Storage Advocacy in Full Force with High-Level Administration Meetings and Affiliate Summit in Washington
Tuesday, Jun 06 2023
WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, the Solar Energy Industries Association is hosting more than 100 solar executives in Washington to advocate for policies that open solar and storage markets and discuss strategy and direction for the leading trade group.
The executives will participate in high-level lobbying meetings with the federal government, attend SEIA’s board of directors meeting, meet with solar champions on the Hill, and participate in an Affiliate Summit as SEIA continues to strengthen its public affairs presence.
On June 5, SEIA’s board of directors met with high-level Biden administration representatives from the White House, Treasury, Interior, Labor, and the Energy Dept. to discuss the top issues facing the solar and storage industry, including implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act. Solar executives also shared success stories fueled by the IRA and discussed how the solar and storage industry can help President Biden meet his ambitious clean energy goals.
On June 6, SEIA’s board of directors is meeting to discuss strategies that will drive the industry’s progress in both the near-term and long-term. SEIA’s board of directors is the largest it has ever been in the organization’s history and now boasts over 70 board members.
“This is a big week for solar advocacy as we drive forward with one voice and a clear vision for the work ahead,” said SEIA president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper. “The American solar and storage industry is on the precipice of incredible progress, but if we continue to get tripped up on implementation guidance and persistent challenges like interconnection, we’re going to have a difficult time making progress.”
On June 7, solar executives will meet with some of the industry’s biggest champions on the Hill and seek to expand its influence and relationships to new offices. Solar enjoys bipartisan support on the Hill and will be meeting with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.
On June 8, SEIA will be hosting an affiliate summit that will bring together the organization’s nationwide affiliate network. These state and regional solar trade groups from across the country will join SEIA to discuss best practices for association management and the shared opportunities and challenges facing the industry. SEIA currently has 22 affiliates that span a variety of different states and localities.
“Our board of directors and regional affiliates are our conduits in communities nationwide,” Hopper continued. “With SEIA at the helm, solar leaders will continue to share the incredible story of our growing industry with local and federal leaders.”
The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA) is leading the transformation to a clean energy economy, creating the framework for solar to achieve 30% of U.S. electricity generation by 2030. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies and other strategic partners to fight for policies that create jobs in every community and shape fair market rules that promote competition and the growth of reliable, low-cost solar power. Founded in 1974, SEIA is the national trade association for the solar and solar + storage industries, building a comprehensive vision for the Solar+ Decade through research, education and advocacy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org and follow @SEIA on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Jen Bristol, SEIA's Senior Director of Communications, [email protected] (202) 556-2886