SEIA Solar Update
May. 22, 2014

SEIA Applauds New CSP Report
National Journal
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, released a statement after reviewing the Department of Energy's new report, "2014: The Year of Concentrating Solar Power," which profiles five utility-scale concentrating solar power plants and calls 2014 a "significant milestone in the history of American solar energy."More

Officials Hope Solar Farm Will Provide Jobs, Revenue to East St. Louis
VideoBriefEast St. Louis officials said a plan is in place to build a solar farm at the site of an aluminum plant. A proposal calls for a Massachusetts company to open a solar wind farm on the contaminated site of an old Alcoa plant.More

Solar Energy Versus the Grid: Map Shows Where PV Makes the Most Sense
The Energy Collective
Large corporations are turning into the biggest solar consumers. Last year, 25 of the biggest companies in the U.S. cumulatively installed nearly a half a gigawatt of solar at stores, warehouses and manufacturing plants. With solar costs continuing to fall, the technology is a no-brainer for companies looking to do something for the environment, right? Well, it all depends on where they're located. A map, put together by the data crunchers at Energy Points, compares the efficiency of the local grid to the average efficiency of solar, with regional solar resources layered on top.More

US Solar Sector Mulls End-Of-Life Recycling Programs
Solar Industry
Concern about the toxicity of materials used in the manufacture of photovoltaic components is well established in the solar sector. However, as solar installations multiply, SEIA is beginning to plan effective disposition strategies for when PV modules reach the end of their useful life.More

The US Military Could Drive Solar Energy Growth
The Motley Fool via
Business Insider

Demand for solar energy is heating up across the United States, and the nation's military is becoming one of the sector's major customers. The Department of Defense wants renewable energy to make up at least one quarter of its total energy use by 2025, and solar energy is squarely within its sights.More

Could a Space-Based Solar Farm Become a Reality by 2040?
Space-based solar power seems like an idea from a Star Trek script, but given the uncertain future of its power generation industry, Japan stands to gain as much as anyone by exploring this potential source of renewable energy.More

Private Sector Investment in Solar Poised to Explode
Renewable Energy World
Talk about the perfect Mother's Day present for Mother Earth. President Barack Obama has announced at a Wal-Mart in California that 300 leading U.S. companies have taken the "solar pledge," committing to install nearly 1 gigawatt of new solar as part of their business plans. That's a huge increase in the use of solar in the commercial sector, according to Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA.More

SEIA Reviewing Draft Regulations Aimed at Expanding Solar
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, released a statement concerning efforts to expand the use of solar energy nationwide by using real estate investment trusts, or REITs, as a source of funding for clean energy projects.More

Los Angeles County Votes to Enable Residential PACE Financing
Solar Industry
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted to enable residential property assessed clean energy financing for homeowners residing in cities within the county that have passed resolutions authorizing the mechanism. Forty-two Los Angeles County cities that recently adopted resolutions to make the so-called Home Energy Renovation Opportunity financing available to their residents will launch their programs this month.More

Texas Renewable Energy Production Up 12 Percent; Solar Up 33 Percent
Solar Industry
Energy produced in Texas using renewable resources grew by 12 percent in 2013, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Generators participating in Texas' Renewable Energy Credit program reported producing 38.1 million milowatt hours of renewable generation last year, compared to 33.9 million in 2012.More

Vermont Renewables Equipment Firm to Employees: Save Energy,
Earn Bonus

The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
A Williston, Vermont, renewable energy equipment manufacturer has found a way to get its employees to save energy. The end result — a $6,000 annual bonus that offsets with a carbon tax.More

First Solar CTO: The Dos and Don'ts of Boosting Solar Market Growth
Solar electricity accounts for less than 1 percent of the U.S. electricity supply now, so what will it take to dramatically increase that? For the chief technology officer of Arizona-based First Solar, one of the world's largest solar panel makers, piling up money to reclaim the country's lead as a solar equipment manufacturer isn't it.More

Designated Prime Minister of India to Use Solar to Bring Power to Every Home by 2019
India's new government, led by Narendra Modi, plans to harness solar power to enable every home to run at least one light bulb by 2019, a party official said. More