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.
What you need to know about solar energy treatment as your jurisdiction updates to newer versions of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
As solar continues to expand into new markets, both rural and urban, land use discussions are likely to occur. In these discussions, it's important for participants to understand that solar in not a threat to agricultural activity, but rather a harmonious development that can assist the farming community.
While the total cost of residential PV systems has declined by more than 65% over the last decade, hardware costs have fallen much faster than soft costs. Therefore, the soft cost share of total residential system cost has risen from 58% of total system cost in 2014 to 65% today.
The solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is one of the most important federal policy mechanisms to support the growth of solar energy in the United States. Since the ITC was enacted in 2006, the U.S. solar industry has grown by more than 10,000% - creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and investing billions of dollars in the U.S. economy in the process. In 2015, SEIA successfully advocated for a multi-year extension of the credit, which has provided critical stability for businesses and investors.
As the national solar trade association, SEIA encourages solutions to maximize access to solar energy to ALL families and communities. Historically, access to solar energy has been more difficult for Low-Moderate Income (LMI) households due, potentially, to a range of factors such as lack of home ownership, limited credit history, or poor credit. To allow broader access to the benefits of clean, affordable solar energy, SEIA offers the following principles for our membership, policymakers, and other stakeholders in the solar economy.