Solar + storage customer keeps the lights on with amid the unprecedented winter storm in Texas. Photo courtesy of Sunrun. A lot is being said, written and tweeted about the power outages in Texas. Much of it is not constructive and some is fundamentally dishonest. The hot takes and political analysis that are divorced from reality do nothing to help the millions of people who are without power in freezing conditions, nor are they constructive ways of stopping future outages.
This year, SEIA is celebrating Black History Month by recognizing the contributions of Black entrepreneurs and leaders to the success of the solar industry.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today 175 solar companies, including some of the top solar manufacturers in the world, are announcing that they have signed a pledge opposing forced labor in the solar supply chain. By signing the pledge, companies are stating their commitment to help prevent these abhorrent practices and ensure that the products they are using do not have links to forced labor in the Xinjiang region of China, or anywhere else in the world.
WASHINGTON D.C.—President Biden announced key actions on several climate issues today, including clean energy jobs, infrastructure, and environmental justice. Following is a statement on these executive orders from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA): “The president has outlined a clear and carefully thought-out vision for addressing the range of climate challenges we face, and I commend and thank him for taking swift action on many of those challenges during the first week of this administration.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today President Biden announced plans to re-enter the United States into the Paris Agreement. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) backed the agreement when it was signed in 2016 and continues to support this agreement and other global efforts to combat climate change.Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of SEIA on these actions:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA): “The latest reports from the New York Times story are deeply troubling. This is the first allegation we’ve seen directly linking the solar industry to abhorrent forced labor practices, and we take these claims very seriously.
Despite the challenges we’ve faced, I could not be more optimistic about the future of solar in America, and I look forward to making our vision a reality alongside you.
I want to share our vision for the next decade, and more specifically, for our new President-elect. It goes without saying that this is an exciting time to be in the solar industry. We are now 32x bigger than we were a decade ago and this $18 billion industry supports American families in every state. Solar is a job-creating engine with bipartisan support and helps to bring clean, affordable electricity to millions.
The 2020 election will have tremendous consequences for the future of energy and climate policy in the United States. To meet this moment and provide guidance for the incoming Biden administration and new members of Congress, SEIA has prepared a 100-day legislative and executive agenda.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionally affected the finances and health of Hispanic and Latinx Americans, with millions of jobs lost and little economic relief. As the economy recovers from the worst impacts of the pandemic, the U.S. solar industry is poised to help the country rebuild better and create a massive workforce that is diverse, equitable and provides opportunities for all Americans.