We have come a long way in shaping solar into a serious source for America’s energy needs, and we’re on the road to a lifetime of progress. By 2020, solar will quadruple in size to nearly 100 gigawatts (GW) of total capacity from just over 24 GW today. By then, more than $150 billion will have been pumped into our economy, and we will more than double solar jobs to 420,000. Enough solar will have been installed to power 20 million American homes. – Rhone Resch, President and Chief Executive Officer, Solar Energy Industries Association
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is counting down to the kick off between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, not just because we love the game, the multi-million dollar advertisements and the A-list halftime entertainment, but also because solar energy—our MVP—will be playing a starring role. This year’s big game will be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Home to the San Francisco 49ers, Levi’s Stadium is the first professional football stadium in the NFL to open with LEED Gold certification.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following is a statement from Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the unanimous decision by the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition to add solar energy to their policy portfolio and change their name to the “Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition”:
We commend the Coalition for recognizing solar power’s central role in the American energy landscape. The lion’s share of policy is made in states, and so it is critical that solar has a seat at the table when the governors consider their energy options.
In particular, battles over net energy metering are playing out in more than 20 states and recognition among governors that consumer choice and clean air both rest on fair net metering policies is so important right now.
Solar has zero carbon emissions and can be deployed cost-effectively and quickly – all while improving grid reliability. By 2020, the U.S. solar industry will deploy more than 20 gigawatts of solar annually, employ more than 420,000 American workers and add more than $30 billion a year into the U.S. economy.
By making solar energy a top policy priority, these leading governors are sending a powerful message that the future of clean energy is now, and we look forward to working with them to fully utilize America’s renewable resources.
In Solar Power World’s latest E-Newsletter, Editor Kathie Zipp summarizes and provides commentary on Solar Energy Industries Association’s CEO Rhone Resch’s update on the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC} :
The response of our SEIA members in the face of significant head winds has been nothing short of incredible. Earlier this week, SEIA arranged for 14 solar CEOs to come in from all over the country to meet with members of the House and Senate from both parties and with administration officials to hammer home the point that we need an extension of the ITC and we need it this year.
On a daily basis, SEIA staff and lobbyists have fanned out across Capitol Hill, talking to Senators, Representatives and their staffs, carrying the ITC message. And in all of our meetings, we emphasized that the solar industry is speaking with one voice,” he said in the mass email.
Resch said he sees two possible paths forward, based on published reports and SEIA intelligence. One is a roughly $800 billion tax extenders package. He noted that negotiations among Congressional leaders and the White House continue. If some of these larger issues get resolved, such as the Child Tax Credit and provisions to protect fraud, SEIA believes that Congress will include an expansion of the ITC. This could mean anything from a multi-year extension of the ITC, to a gradual reduction over time. A second possible legislative vehicle is a tie in with legislation lifting the current ban on crude oil exports from the U.S.
“We are working closely with our champions to extract the best possible deal for the ITC if that scenario unfolds,” Resch said referring to the latter path.
Resch also warned of an alliance driven to block even the slightest of advances for solar energy on Capitol Hill. This includes the Edison Electric Institute and Sunnova’s CEO. But in his email, Resch promises SEIA is working to fight for the future of the solar industry.
“Be assured that we are taking diligent steps to address these issues on a multitude of fronts. Look for regular ITC updates, and know that we will not stand for getting lumps of coal in our stockings this year.
We are pushing with every ounce of effort to get the ITC extension approved.”
This update is posted here.
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