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Solar Will Dominate Globally. Let’s Make Sure the US Industry Profits From It

By Nat Kreamer, outgoing board of directors chair at the Solar Energy
Industries Association. He’s also the CEO of Spruce Financing.
Posted on Greentech Media.

Since 2013, I have had the honor of leading the SEIA board of directors as its chairman and vice chairman, working with many members from all sectors of our industry to win critical policy fights and shape the future for solar and the technologies that complement it. Thank you to the board, the SEIA team and member companies for working together to make solar stronger. Next month marks the planned completion of my time as chairman, following a successful CEO selection and on-boarding of Abby Hopper, who is an outstanding leader for the SEIA team. Tom Starrs, vice chairman, dear friend and partner in leading the board, will become the acting chairman. Based on what I have learned over the last four years, please accept these recommendations for the future . . . Continue reading. 

U.S. Solar News – Some Links We Like

Image credit: U.S. Department of Energy

Image credit: U.S. Department of Energy

One Million Solar Energy Systems Now Turned On in US, The Union of Concerned Scientists Blog, The Equation

Solar Energy Will Thrive, New York Times Opinion, by David Sandalaw, the inaugural fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, and a former under secretary of energy and assistant secretary for policy and international affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Energy Department Announces $25 Million to Accelerate Integration of Solar Energy into Nation’s Electrical Grid, Energy.Gov Blog

Department of Energy Program Aims to Bump Solar Costs Even Lower, Inside Climate News

Instead of Lobbying, Top 25 Utilities Could Have Doubled U.S. Solar Capacity, Institute for Local Self-Reliance

The Future of Cars Could Be Solar, Renewable Energy World

SEIA News Release: US Solar Market Set to Grow 119% in 2016, Installations to Reach 16 GW

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS and WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. solar market is set to grow a staggering 119 percent this year says GTM Research in its latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report 2015 Year in Review, published in conjunction with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
SEIA chart

Led by the utility-scale segment, GTM Research forecasts 16 gigawatts (GW) of solar will be installed in the U.S. in 2016, more than doubling the record-breaking 7.3 GW installed in 2015.

While utility-scale installations will represent 74 percent of the installations for the year, the residential and commercial markets will also experience strong growth in 2016. In fact, the U.S. is on the verge of the 1 millionth solar installation milestone.

“This is a new energy paradigm and the solar industry officially has a seat at the table with the largest energy producers,” said SEIA president and CEO Rhone Resch. “Because of the strong demand for solar energy nationwide, and smart public policies like the ITC and NEM, hundreds of thousands of well-paying solar jobs will be added in the next few years benefiting both America’s economy and the environment.”

Click here to read the entire News Release.

Fueled by Growth in the Residential Segment, U.S. Installs 1.3 GW of PV in Q1 2015

Photo: Greentech Media

Photo: Greentech Media

Shattering previous records, the United States residential solar market grew 76 percent over the first quarter of 2014, installing 437 megawatts[i] (MW) of photovoltaics (PV) in the first three months of 2015. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Q1 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, the U.S. installed 1.3 gigawatts (GW) of solar PV across all market segments.

“Today’s report reveals just how important establishing and maintaining effective, forward-looking public policies, like the solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), are to America,” said Rhone Resch, SEIA president and CEO. “Solar continues to be the fastest-growing source of renewable energy in the United States. By 2016, the U.S. will be generating enough clean solar energy to power 8 million homes. That means solar will offset 45 million metric tons of damaging carbon emissions – the equivalent of removing 10 million cars off our roads and highways.”

Read more here. 

Additional Recommended Reading
12 Reasons Why Solar Is Having an Explosive Year, by Rhone Resch, EcoWatch

U.S. Rooftop Solar Capacity Jumps Record 76% in First Quarter, by Justin Doom, Bloomberg Business