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Saturday
Jul262014

SEIA Condemns Decision to Impose New Tariffs on Solar Modules 

SEIA Condemns Decision to Impose New Tariffs on Solar Modules


July 25, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON, DC - In a further escalation of the solar trade war with China, the U.S. Department of Commerce has imposed yet another layer of tariffs on solar modules from China, and – for the first time – on imports from Taiwan.  In a decision announced today, Commerce will immediately impose antidumping duties ranging from 26.33 to 58.87 percent for most Chinese suppliers and 27.59 to 44.18 percent for Taiwanese producers.  Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) was quick to condemn the decision.

“Enough is enough.  The Department of Commerce continues to rely on an overly broad scope definition for subject imports from China, adversely impacting both American consumers and the vast majority of the U.S. solar industry,” Resch said.  “We strongly urge the U.S. and Chinese governments to ‘freeze the playing field’ and focus all efforts on finding a negotiated solution.  This continued, unnecessary litigation has already done serious damage, with even more likely to result as the investigations proceed.

“If there’s a silver lining to today’s announcement, “Resch continued, “it’s the fact that the U.S. and Chinese governments, SolarWorld, and Chinese manufacturers now have a brief window of opportunity to move forward on settlement discussions.  SEIA got the ball rolling in this direction first by proposing a negotiated solution and then bringing the parties together.  Now it’s time to start bargaining in earnest.

“A win-win settlement of the broader U.S.-China-Taiwan solar trade conflict is still achievable – as well as one for polysilicon.  As the old saying goes, ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way.’  Today, the parties are finally engaged and all sides seem committed to finding a negotiated solution.  I am encouraging my U.S. and Chinese industry colleagues to roll-up our sleeves, work together, and find a deal that’s good for everyone.”

SEIA will hold a webinar on July 29 at 1 p.m. EST to examine the impact of today’s Department of Commerce decisions on the U.S. solar industry. 

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About SEIA:

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the nationaltrade 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 champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America 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.

Wednesday
Jul232014

Upcoming SEIA Webinars: Doubling Down on Sustainability 

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Today's SEIA Webinar

Doubling Down on Sustainability: All About the Solar Industry Commitment to Environmental and Social Responsibility

This Webinar is Public: Open to SEIA members and non-members

Date: Today, July 22, 2014

Time: 1-2 p.m. EDT

 Register

Join us on Tuesday, July 22 at 1pm Eastern to learn about how the Solar Commitment 2014 to Environmental and Social Responsibility can benefit your company. Learn about the solar-specific and general best practices regarding the environment, labor, ethics, and other areas that can help your company. Get the perspective from the investor community and human rights advocates as to why signing on to the Solar Commitment makes practical business sense.

Attendees will learn:

1.     What the Solar Commitment 2014 to Environmental and Social Responsibility is

2.     How the Solar Commitment 2014 to Environmental and Social Responsibility will benefit your company through solar-specific and general best practices

3.     Why investors and human rights advocates support the Solar Commitment 2014 to Environmental and Social Responsibility

Speakers

Steven Heim, Managing Director, Director of Environmental, Social & Governance Research & Engagement, Boston Common Asset Management, LLC.

Faris NatourDirector, Human Rights, BSR

Ed Murray, President, Aztec Solar Inc.

Katherine Stainken, Manager, Government Affairs (Moderator)

 

 
Join us!
SEIA Calendar of Events

July 22, 2014
at 1:00 PM EST

Doubling Down on Sustainability: All About the Solar Industry Commitment to Environmental and Social Responsibility 

August 12, 2014
at 4:00 PM EST
CA ISO Energy Imbalance Market – What Does it Mean For You?
Sept. 9-10

Solar Power Mid-Atlantic | Atlantic City, NJ

October  1, 2014 SEIA Southeast Federal Lobby Day 
October  20-23, 2014

Solar Power International | Las Vegas, NV

View the full SEIA events calendar.

Tuesday
Jul222014

SEIA - Upcoming SEIA Webinars: Doubling Down on Sustainability 

 

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This week's SEIA Webinar

Doubling Down on Sustainability: All About the Solar Industry Commitment to Environmental and Social Responsibility

This Webinar is Public: Open to SEIA members and non-members

Date: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Time: 1-2 p.m. EDT

 Register

Join us on Tuesday, July 22 at 1pm Eastern to learn about how the Solar Commitment 2014 to Environmental and Social Responsibility can benefit your company. Learn about the solar-specific and general best practices regarding the environment, labor, ethics, and other areas that can help your company. Get the perspective from the investor community and human rights advocates as to why signing on to the Solar Commitment makes practical business sense.

Attendees will learn:

1.     What the Solar Commitment 2014 to Environmental and Social Responsibility is

2.     How the Solar Commitment 2014 to Environmental and Social Responsibility will benefit your company through solar-specific and general best practices

3.     Why investors and human rights advocates support the Solar Commitment 2014 to Environmental and Social Responsibility

Speakers

Steven Heim, Managing Director, Director of Environmental, Social & Governance Research & Engagement, Boston Common Asset Management, LLC.

Faris NatourDirector, Human Rights, BSR

Ed Murray, President, Aztec Solar Inc.

Katherine Stainken, Manager, Government Affairs (Moderator)

 

Coming in August 

CA ISO Energy Imbalance Market – What Does it Mean For You?

This Webinar is Public: Open to SEIA members and non-members

Date: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Time: 4-5 p.m. EST

Register

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) is expanding its real-time market to include other balancing authorities in the West in its implementation of the Energy Imbalance Market (EIM), which is the automated system that balances electricity supply and demand every five minutes by choosing the least-cost resource to meet the needs of the grid.  In October of this year, the ISO’s EIM goes “live” with PacifiCorp, serving customers in six states. Both the ISO and PacifiCorp recently received conditional approval of their filings to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and are proceeding with testing and market simulation.   This webinar will provide an overview of the EIM, the current status of its implementation and a look to the future – including anticipated work following the October start date and an overview of the Transitional Committee which is an advisory body to the ISO Board on EIM issues.  

Attendees will learn:

  • An overview of the EIM
  • The current status of implementation
  • Future Activities regarding the EIM market

Speakers

Stacey Crowley, Director of Regional Affairs, California Independent System Operator

Don Fuller, Director of Strategic Alliances, California Independent System Operator 

Mark Rothleder, Vice President, Market Quality and Renewable Integration, California Independent System Operator 

Sara Birmingham, Director of Western Policy, SEIA (Moderator)

 

Join us!
SEIA Calendar of Events

July 22, 2014
at 1:00 PM EST

Doubling Down on Sustainability: All About the Solar Industry Commitment to Environmental and Social Responsibility 

August 12, 2014
at 4:00 PM EST
CA ISO Energy Imbalance Market – What Does it Mean For You?
Sept. 9-10

Solar Power Mid-Atlantic | Atlantic City, NJ

October  1, 2014 SEIA Southeast Federal Lobby Day 
October  20-23, 2014

Solar Power International | Las Vegas, NV

View the full SEIA events calendar.

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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.