Public policy and government action, whether at the local, state, or federal level, will be critical to tackling the climate crisis and building a clean energy future in America. As an industry that deploys clean, reliable, affordable electricity, SEIA recognizes the critical role for environmental justice in these policy discussions, and the need for climate solutions to take into account the disproportionate impacts felt by frontline communities.
The latest U.S. Solar Market Insight report makes it clear that the solar industry will see historic growth over the next decade. In fact, the report’s forecasts show the U.S. solar market will grow 4x by 2030 and reach over 419 gigawatts (GW) of capacity. And yet despite these encouraging trends, if we are going to meaningfully boost the economy and tackle the climate crisis, we will need strong policies.
In response to a March 23 letter from Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), SEIA delivered this written response, providing information about the industry's efforts to ensure the solar supply chain is free of forced labor.
In a ground-breaking year for the U.S. solar industry, solar led all technologies in new electric-generating capacity added, installing a record 19.2 gigawatts (GWdc) in 2020 according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2020 Year-in-Review report released this week. SEIA and Wood Mackenzie’s report included a 10-year forecast for the first time ever, showing that the U.S. solar industry is on track to quadruple in size over the next decade.
SEIA has an ambitious but achievable goal – solar energy will constitute 20% of all U.S. electricity generation by 2030. To reach this target, we must grow our industry by 18% annually and install more than 500 gigawatts (“GW”) of solar projects by the end of 2030, building upon the nearly 100 GW of solar energy capacity that exists today. Achieving the 20% by 2030 goal will result in hundreds of thousands of new jobs, more than 14 million solar rooftops, and 500 million metric tons of avoided CO2 emissions.
President Biden’s climate plan calls for ambitious carbon emissions reductions with an emphasis on environmental justice and well-paying jobs. The solar industry strongly and unequivocally supports all of these endeavors.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following is a statement from Gizelle Wray, director of regulatory affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) decision on Broadview and its impact on the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA).
The federal government, and FERC in particular, has an exciting opportunity in 2021 and beyond to spur innovation and deployment of solar energy technologies that will increase resilience and decrease the costs and emissions of the American energy system. With the leadership of President Biden, who shares the industry’s goal to aggressively deploy solar energy across the country, FERC can be a key catalyst for the clean energy growth needed to address climate change, stimulate the U.S. economy, and support frontline communities who are most vulnerable to environmental degradation.
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.