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Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017

SEIA Announces New Model Contract to Simplify Development and Open Investment Capital

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released today a new model contract to pave the way for more development of solar in the commercial and industrial (C&I) sector. The model power purchase agreement (PPA) for commercial customers was developed by SEIA’s C&I Working Group and vetted by some of the top law firms, development entities and financiers in the U.S.

Monday, Jun 20, 2016

SEIA Further Simplifies Residential Solar for Consumers

Adding another tool to help consumers understand rooftop solar investments, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is introducing standardized disclosure statements covering the most common residential transactions.

Friday, Jul 10, 2015

SEIA Supports Efforts to Increase Government Use of Renewable Energy

Calling it a “win-win” that will benefit both the economy and environment, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has announced its strong support for HR 3001 – legislation introduced in Congress by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) that will allow the General Services Administration (GSA) to enter into 30-year renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPA). The GSA is an independent agency which manages and supports the basic functioning of the federal government, including procurement. Under current law, only the U.S. military can enter into power purchase agreements for longer than 10 years. Earlier this year, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced similar legislation.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SEIA Supports Legislation to Increase Use of Renewables by Federal Government

Saying it will “benefit both the economy and environment,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has announced its strong support for legislation introduced by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), allowing the General Services Administration (GSA) to enter into 30-year renewable energy power purchase agreements (PPA). The GSA is an independent agency which manages and supports the basic functioning of the federal government, including procurement. Under current law, only the U.S. military can enter into power purchase agreements for longer than 10 years.

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015

The Effect of State Policy Suites on the Development of Solar Markets

Analysts at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have used statistical analyses and detailed case studies to better understand why solar market policies in certain states are more successful. Their findings indicate that while no standard formula for solar implementation exists, a combination of foundational policies and localized strategies can increase solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in any state.

Friday, Jul 11, 2014

Iowa Supreme Court Hands Down Huge Win for Solar

In a setback to the regulated utility model, the Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that a power purchase agreement (PPA) between the city of Dubuque and Eagle Point Solar does not violate state law. Regulated utility companies had fought the arrangement, claiming to have exclusive rights to sell to customers in their service areas. Today, Iowa’s high court disagreed.

Thursday, Dec 05, 2013

SEIA Applauds White House Efforts to Boost Use of Renewable Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reacting to today’s presidential memorandum requiring the federal government to get 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement:

Monday, Mar 25, 2013

2013 Policy Priorities- Federal & State

In 2013, the Solar Energy Industries Association is working at the federal and state levels to expand markets, remove market barriers, and increase available financing for solar projects.

Thursday, Dec 20, 2012

Solar Power Purchase Agreements

A solar power purchase agreement (PPA) is a financial agreement where a developer arranges for the design, permitting, financing and installation of a solar energy system on a customer’s property at little to no cost.

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