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SEIA produces a variety of research and other supporting resources for the solar industry, ranging from full reports to short factsheets. Below is a list of our factsheets, organized by date. For a full library of factsheets, organized by topic area, click here

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2020

Rebuilding Better With Solar Jobs

We can rebuild our economy better than before by enacting commonsense policies that spur longterm growth for solar, including modifying the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), streamlining the permitting process for solar projects, supporting domestic manufacturing of clean energy technologies, and investing in our nation’s electricity infrastructure. Investing in solar energy can create hundreds of thousands of jobs while addressing climate change and lowering costs for consumers.

Wednesday, Jun 03, 2020

Rebuilding America With a Clean Energy Economy

As Congress looks to put Americans back to work in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the clean energy economy offers an enormous opportunity. Clean energy industries such as solar were among the fastest-growing sectors of the economy before the pandemic hit, with significant potential to create new jobs and spur the investments that are needed to put the U.S. back on track.

Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020

COVID-19 & The U.S. Solar Industry

The coronavirus pandemic has caused more than 72,000 solar workers to lose their jobs and economic uncertainty remains. But with the right policies in place, solar companies can help rebuild the American economy faster and stronger than before.  This factsheet lays out the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on U.S. solar workers, the industry's vision for economic recovery and how Congress can support the clean energy economy.  For additional resources and updates on the COVID-19 crisis, click here.

Monday, Mar 23, 2020

COVID-19 Resource Guide: Workforce Reductions

It is always a difficult decision to furlough or lay off employees. As the COVID-19 crisis deepens, there may be increased need for solar companies to carefully address these challenges. To help companies navigate the process, SEIA has developed this brief overview on what companies should consider. The overview will touch on the differences between furloughs and layoffs and guidance and steps in making these hard choices. 

Monday, Mar 23, 2020

COVID-19 Resource: Options for Small Business

SEIA is advocating strongly for legislation which would provide much-needed assistance to the 75% of solar companies that are small businesses. Learn more about Congressional action and upcoming legislation in the attached factsheet. 

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020

Guidance for Solar Installers, EPCs and O&M Service Providers on Managing Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

The rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic impacts private businesses in a variety of ways. Solar companies in particular will face unique challenges. Within this factsheet you will find guidance and links to additional resources, some of which are written specifically for the solar industry, while others are more general. For additional information and updates about this crisis, click here.  

Thursday, Jan 30, 2020

End-of-Life Management for Solar Photovoltaics: Recycling

SEIA’s PV Recycling Working Group has been actively seeking and developing recycling partners across the U.S since 2016.  Over 95% of PV modules deployed in the U.S have been installed since 2012, and such modules will stay in service for more than 25+ years. Nonetheless some waste is generated when panels are damaged during production, shipment or installation, determined to be defective, by weather events, and for warranty-related claims.

Tuesday, Dec 03, 2019

The High Cost of Tariffs

The Section 201 tariffs on solar cells and modules have caused great harm to the U.S. solar industry and the broader economy, including 62,000 workers laid off or never hired and 10.5 gigawatts of solar capacity lost.

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019

Updating Building Codes Cost-Effectively With Solar

What you need to know about solar energy treatment as your jurisdiction updates to newer versions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019

Residential ITC Phasedown

At the end of 2019, the solar Investment Tax Credit will begin phasing down in value. This factsheet explains key provisions of this federal solar tax credit for residential systems.

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