Join the Solar Energy Industries Association on February 2, 2023 to learn about the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Clean Energy Demonstration’s new Energy Improvements in Rural or Remote Areas (ERA) Program. The 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocated $1 billion to improve energy systems in rural or remote areas of the country with fewer than 10,000 people, and DOE’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) is seeking input as it shapes this new ERA program in preparation for future funding opportunity announcements.
State of the Inflation Reduction Act: Reflections On the First Six Months of the Most Ambitious Clean Energy Law in History
When President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law on August 16, 2022, the solar and storage industry celebrated an historic milestone in accelerating deployment to reach our goal of 30% solar energy on the grid by 2030.
Solar power is the most efficient, renewable and cost-effective source of electricity today and critical to our planet’s sustainability. But according to the market research firm Rystad Energy, solar PV waste will grow to 27 million tons annually by 2040. For solar to truly scale to its full potential, we need to create a domestic renewable supply chain and a vibrant secondary market for used panels and recycled materials.
Since the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) passed in 2022, solar and storage manufacturers are planning record amounts of new manufacturing operations in the United States. While the IRA is critical to the development of new domestic manufacturing facilities, there are other considerations that companies must take into account when planning these facilities. New manufacturers now have questions about state policies and programs, including state incentives, workforce development, and permitting.
Residential PV projects in the U.S. typically require several weeks to several months from contract signing to operation. Integral to PV adoption timelines is the permitting, inspection, and interconnection (PII) processes administered by the local jurisdiction and utility. The PII process ensures safe and reliable system installation, but can be a major contributor to project timelines and costs. NREL has collected project-level data from 14 small-to-large installers; it contains approximately 337,000 projects from 2017-2021 and covers 10-25% of U.S.
On December 1, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) determined that solar cell and module imports from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam were circumventing the antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) orders on cell and module imports from China. Commerce also concluded, however, that four companies and specific products were exempt from the tariffs. Although this was not a worst-case scenario, it will still cause significant damage to the U.S. solar industry.
In-Depth Training on Enabling Storage Flexibility in Interconnection Procedures - A Guide for DER Developers
Energy storage—whether standalone or paired with solar—can provide a number of customer, grid, and environmental benefits thanks to its unique operating capabilities, particularly its flexibility. In order to enable the controlled import and export of storage, interconnection rules must be updated with several key provisions, including acceptable export control methods, new screens in the interconnection review process, and the ability for interconnection customers to modify their system design to mitigate grid impacts.
Companies with diverse ownership work in every aspect and vertical within the solar industry, from manufacturers and project developers, to installers and financiers. To strengthen the DEIJ in the solar and storage industry, SEIA launched the Diverse Suppliers Database last year to connect buyers throughout the supply chain with diverse-owned businesses. Join SEIA for a virtual networking event to meet with and learn more about diverse-owned businesses your company can partner with in the solar industry. Speakers:
Human Resources departments manage many functions – recruiting and retaining talented employees, establishing development programs, and more! Join us to learn about key functions and opportunities for you to assess and modify your current practices to be in-line with DEIJ best practices. Speakers: Dani Wolland, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant, The Sleeper Group Original Air Date: October 27, 2022
President Biden has signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, and now the real work of transforming the U.S. energy economy begins! Join SEIA subject matter experts for a deep dive on what the final legislation contains, how your business can maximize the bill’s complex investments and incentives, and how SEIA will be leading the charge on ensuring the law is implemented efficiently and effectively in the months and years to come. Speakers: