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Friday, Jan 22, 2021

SEIA Expands Executive Team, Doubles Down on Strategic Imperatives for 2021

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced an expansion of its executive team today as the organization prepares for a strong advocacy push in 2021.

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021

Solar Power Can Help Meet Global Climate Change Efforts and Fuel the U.S. Economy

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:

Friday, Jan 08, 2021

Statement on Claims of Forced Labor in the Solar Industry

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.

Monday, Jan 04, 2021

Massachusetts Climate Bill Includes Tax Certainty for Solar Projects

BOSTON and Washington, D.C. — Today the Massachusetts Legislature passed, “An Act Creating A Roadmap for the Next Generation of Climate Policy,” which contains numerous policy proposals related to clean energy, including measures that clarify tax treatment for solar projects. This development comes after the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) negotiated a compromise with state tax assessors.  Following is a statement from David Gahl, senior director of state affairs at SEIA on the new climate bill:  

Monday, Dec 28, 2020

SEIA Adds Three Companies to Board After Rolling Out Policy Agenda for New Administration and the 117th Congress

The Solar Energy Industries Association announces the addition of three leading companies to its board of directors.

Monday, Dec 21, 2020

COVID Aid Package Makes Initial Commitment to a Clean Energy Recovery

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress has passed broad end-of-year legislation that includes significant benefits for solar energy. The full legislative package combines a $900 billion COVID-19 relief package and an omnibus spending bill for 2021 with tax extenders and energy policy changes. The legislation provides a two-year extension of the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and additional funding for research and development, including on soft costs critical to distributed energy deployment and support for more sensible access to federal lands for renewable energy projects.

Friday, Dec 18, 2020

MI PSC Order in Consumers Energy Rate Case Creates Muddled Future for Solar

Lansing, MI — The Michigan Public Service Commission issued its Order in the Consumers Energy rate case on Thursday. While Consumers has agreed to double the cap on its Distributed Generation (DG) program from 1% to 2%, the order creates an uncertain future for solar energy in Michigan by falling short of the recommendations in Administrative Law Judge Sally Wallace’s October Proposal for Decision.

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020

Solar Industry Statement on Biden's Climate and Energy Nominations

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Following is a statement by Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on key climate and energy nominations to President-elect Biden’s administration.

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020

Monopoly Power Play in South Carolina Threatens Energy Freedom

COLUMBIA, S.C. and WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yesterday, Dominion filed a rate case that ignores the intent of the 2019 Energy Freedom Act in South Carolina. Dominion’s filing would add grid access charges, a monthly subscription cost for solar customers, and a low export rate for net metering customers which unnecessarily inflates solar costs and devalues these investments. 

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020

Illinois Clean Energy Boom Goes Bust as State Program Runs Out of Funding, Forcing Layoffs at Solar and Wind Businesses

CHICAGO and WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Illinois Power Agency (IPA) announced yesterday the close of all state renewable energy incentives, effectively ending Illinois’ renewable energy program. The end of incentives will force thousands of layoffs at renewable energy businesses across the state as Illinois’ solar market dries up.

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