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Friday
Feb212014

SEIA - A Shout Out for You 

 

The numbers are in: on January 24, more than 3 million people played a part in National "Shout Out For Solar" Day.

The following week, even President Obama gave a personal “shout out” for solar during his State of the Union speech, which was seen by nearly 35 million Americans.

By all accounts the first annual "Shout Out For Solar" Day was a huge success. We are thrilled that so many of you joined us, adding your collective voices (and Facebook feeds and Twitter handles!) to the celebration of solar’s record-shattering 2013 and to look forward to a sunny 2014.

We’ve been saying it all along: America Supports Solar. In fact, nine out of ten Americans think we should be getting more of our energy from the sun. With that in mind, we launched a new website: AmericaSupportsSolar.com, to help all of you – our solar supporters and advocates – better understand the important role solar energy plays in our economy and our environment.

Please take a moment to check out the new site and share it with your friends.

And thank you again for your support!

Ken Johnson,
Vice President
Solar Energy Industries Association

Friday
Oct042013

SEIA - New Report Shows Importance of Solar Heating and Cooling

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As a way to help bolster the U.S. economy, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today released a comprehensive new report outlining ways to create 50,250 new American jobs and save more than $61 billion in future energy costs by expanding the use of innovative and cost-effective solar heating and cooling (SHC) systems across the nation.

Prepared by BEAM Engineering, a Boston-based consulting firm which focuses on energy system design and implementation, this new, first-of-its-kind report provides a roadmap for dramatically increasing SHC capacity in the U.S. from 9 gigawatts (GW) thermal to 300 GW thermal by 2050 through the installation of 100 million new SHC solar panels nationwide.  Thermal energy is typically measured in terms of British Thermal Units (BTUs) but can also be converted to watts.

Today, approximately 44 percent of American energy consumption is attributable to heating and cooling.  According to projections by BEAM Engineering, ramping up the installation of SHC systems across America would allow the U.S. to generate nearly 8 percent of its total heating and cooling needs through clean, affordable solar energy.  SHC is the most efficient renewable technology for generating thermal heat and costs are as low as 6 cents per kilowatt (kWh) hour.

“Part of our challenge is to do a better job of educating policymakers – at both the state and federal level – about the enormous benefits SHC provides to American consumers and businesses, as well as to the U.S. economy,” said SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch.  “If we’re successful, the payoff will be enormous in terms of future job creation and energy savings.”

Another big advantage of SHC, according to the report, is the positive impact it has on the environment.

“With ambitious targets and a smart, easy-to-understand strategy now in place, SHC can help to displace an estimated 226 million tons of carbon emissions annually.  That’s the equivalent of taking 47 million passenger cars off the road,” said Ole Pilgaard, who chaired the task force which helped develop the new SHC roadmap.  “Without question, this plan will benefit both our economy and our environment.”

In addition to creating tens of thousands of new jobs and dramatically reducing electricity costs, BEAM Engineering says the SHC roadmap provides a wealth of other advantages, including:

  • Saving $19.1 billion to homeowners, businesses, schools and government by deferring the need for electric and natural gas infrastructure expansion and repairs
  • Raising $2.1 billion annually in increased federal tax revenue through job creation and economic growth
  • Increasing America’s annual manufacturing GDP by $1.4 billion

“This is a common sense plan that’s good for America,” said Mike Healy, who serves as chairman of the U.S. SHC Alliance at SEIA.  “Smart, sustained investments in solar heating and cooling will also help to strengthen energy security in the U.S. by localizing resources and reducing our dependence on often-times unstable foreign energy supplies.  It’s a win-win all the way around.”

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About SEIA:
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.

Saturday
Sep212013

SEIA Welcomes American Honda Motor Company as New Member

Washington, D.C. – Another iconic, blue-chip automaker has joined the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).  American Honda Motor Co., Inc. is a strong advocate of renewable energy – both here in the U.S. and around the world – and is working with SEIA and others to further the deployment of solar energy in America.

Honda is a leader in the development of cutting-edge technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions.  Honda also has led the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle environmental performance since 2000.

“Honda strongly believes in the importance of addressing global climate change by reducing CO2 emissions from home, business and transportation energy use,” said Steven Center, vice president of the Environmental Business Development Office of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Wider deployment of solar is a key part of the solution, and we look forward to working with SEIA on efforts to make solar energy an increasingly mainstream technology.” 

“SEIA is excited that Honda that has joined our organization. We’ve been incredibly impressed with their CO2 emission reduction efforts over the years. What’s more, their recent solar initiative – a $65 million fund that helps Honda customers to deploy PV– represents another big step forward for solar,” said SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch. “By focusing on clean energy initiatives, Honda is taking an important leadership role in the renewable energy arena. We’re delighted that Honda is officially working with SEIA to advance clean, affordable transportation and energy options throughout the United States.”

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About Honda
Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 26,000 associates in its U.S. sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with a capital investment of more than $12.5 billion. Over 90% of Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. are produced in North America, using globally and locally sourced parts. honda.com/SolarCell

About SEIA:
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.

Friday
Sep202013

SEIA - Global Energy Company E.ON Joins SEIA Board of Directors

As a strong supporter of solar, global energy company E.ON has become one of the newest board members at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). E.ON is an international provider of energy solutions and ranks as one of the world’s largest investor-owned power and gas companies, as well as one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies.

"E.ON is expanding its share of renewable energy projects in our company’s global power generation portfolio. In joining SEIA’s board, we’re underscoring our commitment to increasing the deployment of solar energy in the U.S. and around the world” said Steve Trenholm, Chairman, E.ON North America. “E.ON Climate &Renewables North America Solar, LLC views SEIA as a vital partner in our effort to expand clean power generation.”
 
“E.ON is a global leader and will be a great partner when it comes to our efforts to expand the use of solar across the United States,” said SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch. “E.ON is developing and constructing many new, exciting and innovative utility-scale solar projects in the U.S. But they’re also at the forefront of efforts to expand the use of clean energy worldwide. SEIA commends this ongoing commitment.”

Today, there is more than 9,400 megawatts (MW) of cumulative solar electric capacity installed in the United States – enough to power more than 1.5 million American homes, including the White House. The solar energy industry also employs 120,000 Americans at more than 5,600 companies, most of which are small businesses spread across the United States, making solar one of the fastest growing industries in America. Part of this amazing growth is attributed to the fact that the average cost of a solar system has dropped by nearly 40 percent over the past two years.

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About E.ON Climate & Renewables (EC&R)
E.ON Climate & Renewables (EC&R), headquartered in Essen, Germany, is responsible for E.ON’s large-scale renewable energy activities. EC&R plays a leading role in the development of the renewable industry worldwide and is already active in onshore and offshore wind, photovoltaic, and concentrating solar power (CSP). E.ON currently operates over 9 GW of renewable capacity including large hydro. Since its formation in 2007, EC&R has already invested more than 9 billion Euros, including more than $5 billion in the U.S solar and wind facilities, and will continue to expand the share of renewable energy in E.ON’s power generation portfolio. For more information, please visit www.eon.com/renewables.

About SEIA:
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.

Thursday
Sep192013

SEIA Welcomes Raghu Belur of Enphase Energy as New Board Member

WASHINGTON, DC – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has welcomed Raghu Belur of Enphase Energy (NASDAQ: ENPH) as a new board member. The leading global microinverter company joins a long list of industry leaders that are focused on efforts to ramp up the use of solar power in America, which benefits both the U.S. economy and the environment.

“Stepping up our involvement with SEIA exemplifies Enphase’s commitment to accelerating the deployment of solar energy in the U.S. – and around the world,” said Raghu Belur, co-founder, vice president of products and strategic initiatives for Enphase.  “Enphase appreciates the work that SEIA is doing to build a strong and sustainable solar industry to power America.”
 
“We’re very proud to have Raghu representing Enphase Energy, the world’s leading microinverter system provider, on our board,” said SEIA president and CEO Rhone Resch.  “The company’s work in the solar arena has helped accelerate solar deployment, system efficiency, reliability and safety.  This progressive, innovative company is a true leader in every sense of the word.”

Presently, there are more than 9.400 megawatts (MW) of cumulative solar electric capacity installed in the United States – enough to power more than 1.5 million American homes, including the White House. The solar energy industry also employs 120,000 Americans at more than 5,600 companies, most of which are small businesses spread across the United States, making solar one of the fastest growing industries in America.  Part of this amazing growth is attributed to the fact that the average cost of a solar system has dropped by nearly 40 percent over the past two years.

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About Enphase Energy, Inc.
Enphase Energy delivers microinverter technology for the solar industry that increases energy production, simplifies design and installation, improves system uptime and reliability, reduces fire safety risk and provides a platform for intelligent energy management. Our semiconductor-based microinverter system converts energy at the individual solar module level and brings a systems-based, high technology approach to solar energy generation. Connect with Enphase on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. www.enphase.com

About SEIA:
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.