On July 17, 2019, SEIA delivered a letter to Congress signed by nearly 1,000 solar companies across the country, urging them to extend the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), one of the most successful clean energy policies in history. The text of the letter is below, and you can download a PDF at the link above, which contains the full list of companies that signed on to this critical effort. Dear Members of Congress,
WASHINGTON, D.C.and MILWAUKEE, WI – Today, RENEW Wisconsin and We Energies announced that We Energies will drop its plans to tax its customers who own their own solar panels. The proposal would have forced people who have invested in solar energy to pay extra fees and was widely seen as an attempt to monopolize the solar industry.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and The Solar Foundation are joining the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), several national residential solar companies, and other nonprofit organizations to develop new automated permit software for distributed solar and storage, reducing the cost of solar installations and saving resources for local governments and taxpayers.
BOSTON, Mass. AND WASHINGTON D.C., (June 18, 2019) – In the first three months of the year, the U.S. installed 2.7 gigawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV), making it the most solar ever installed in the first quarter of a year. With the strong first quarter, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables forecasts 25% growth in 2019 compared to 2018, and it expects more than 13 GWdc of installations this year.
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.
A large coalition of 65 businesses of all sizes are urging the South Carolina Senate to pass the Energy Freedom Act, which was unanimously approved in the state House last month.
Comments on Whitepaper Regarding Future Value Stack Compensation, Including Avoided Distribution Costs
On December 12, 2018 the New York Department of Public Service released its Whitepaper Regarding Future Value Stack Compensation, Including Avoided Distribution Costs - which addresses the Demand Reduction Value (DRV) and Locational System Relief Value (LSRV) compensation mechanisms, as well as the Market Transition Credit (MTC)/community solar credit. SEIA joined with the Coalition for Community Solar Access, Natural Resources Defense Council, New York Solar Energy Industries Association, Pace Energy and Climate Center, and Vote Solar to submit comments on this Whitepaper.
Each year, The Solar Foundation releases its National Solar Jobs Census, a report that tracks employment in the U.S. solar industry. It is the most comprehensive analysis of the solar labor market in the United States, and is a critical resource in educating policymakers and the general public about the economic impact of solar energy.