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:
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.
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.
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.
Solar Market Forges Ahead in Q3 as Residential Installations Recover and Utility-Scale Pipeline Grows
WASHINGTON, D.C. and HOUSTON, TX — U.S. solar companies installed 3.8 gigawatts (GW) of new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in Q3 2020, a 9% increase from Q2 installations as the industry experienced a recovery from the worst impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Every year, The Hill recognizes the top influencers and lobbyists working in Washington, DC. This year, SEIA’s President and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper was named to their Top Lobbyist List, highlighting her visionary leadership and advocacy efforts for the solar industry.
Despite the challenges we’ve faced, I could not be more optimistic about the future of solar in America, and I look forward to making our vision a reality alongside you.
American families, businesses, and communities are all going solar because it saves them money and adds predictability during these difficult times. In addition to generating local tax revenue, solar cuts electricity costs. This can help small businesses stay afloat and can help schools direct funds to teacher salaries and classroom upgrades.