Solar Energy Industries Association

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Solar Energy Industries Association
SEIA logo.jpg
Formation January 24, 1974; 40 years ago (1974-01-24)
Legal status association
Purpose national association of the U.S. solar industry
Headquarters Washington, D.C., United States
President and CEO Rhone Resch (2014)
Website www.seia.org

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), established in 1974, is a national nonprofit trade association of the solar energy industry in the United States.

SEIA's membership includes companies from all dimensions of the solar industry, such as residential, commercial, and utility scale installers of solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal energy (STE), and concentrating solar power (CSP). Member companies also include manufacturers, distributors, and financers.[1]

Geographic and sector-specific interests have founded separate advocacy groups that are more focused in scope than the national organization. There are fifteen state-level, autonomous industry associations, not officially connected to the national organization. The largest of these is CalSEIA in California. A number of groups have formed around market segments. The residential distributed generation segment largely advocates through The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), a group formed in 2013.[2] The Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy (CASE) was formed to fight against SolarWorld's trade petition and includes around 80 members from a broad spectrum of the industry.[3] The American Solar Energy Society provides a leading forum for solar advocates and gives individual solar professionals a place to share ideas and innovate together.[4] Other national advocacy groups include Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), Large Scale Solar Association (LSA), and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA).

Federal policy involvements[edit]

Investment Tax Credit Extension[edit]

In 2008, SEIA was active in leading efforts of the solar industry to extend the 30 percent federal solar investment tax credit for 8 years, through December 31, 2016. The ITC was also expanded to allow utilities to take the tax credit and removed the $2,000 cap for residential systems. This policy significantly contributed to the industry's exponential growth.[5] SEIA also played a pivotal role in the initial adoption of the 30-percent federal ITC as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct), which was passed by a Republican-controlled Congress and signed by President George W. Bush.[6]

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009[edit]

Through SEIA's efforts, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) included numerous solar provisions, including the Section 1603 Treasury Program, a Renewable Energy Loan Guarantee Program and Renewable Energy Manufacturing Investment Credit.[7]

Department of Treasury Section 1603 Extension[edit]

In December 2010, SEIA's lobbying efforts helped persuade the United States Congress to extend the Department of Treasury Section 1603 program, which gave commercial solar investors a cash grant in lieu of the 30 percent solar investment tax credit (ITC) and helped move forward more than 1,100 solar projects in 42 states.[8]

Industry statistics[edit]

Market Insight report[edit]

The SEIA-GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight report is published quarterly with a year-end summary released in the spring. The report covers all major trends for the national industry, including total installed capacity and growth over prior quarters or years. The 2013 U.S. Solar Market Insight report showed continued growth for the solar industry. In 2013, the U.S. installed 4,751 MW of solar PV.[9]

Census on solar jobs[edit]

The Solar Foundation has produced four National Solar Jobs Censuses, annually from 2010 to 2013. The 2013 Census showed that the solar industry supports over 140,000 jobs and ranked California as the top state with over 47,000 solar employees in 2013.[10]

Assessment report[edit]

SEIA's U.S. Solar Energy Trade Assessment 2010 report, prepared by GTM Research, is a comprehensive analysis of trade flows and domestic economic impact of the U.S. solar energy industry based on data from the 2009 calendar year. The report concluded that the United States was a significant net exporter of solar energy products, with total net exports of $723 million in 2009. The largest solar energy product export was polysilicon, the feedstock for crystalline silicon photovoltaics, of which the U.S. exported $1.1 billion.[11]

Meetings and events[edit]

International conference[edit]

The Solar Power International Conference and Expo (formerly called the Solar Power Conference) was created in 2004 by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and SEIA. It is the largest North American business-to-business solar conference and expo. The 2014 conference is in Las Vegas on October 20–23.[12]

Trade show[edit]

PV America is a smaller trade show solely intended for the solar photovoltaic (PV) sector of the industry. The 2014 conference is in Boston on June 23–25.[13]

Information and advocacy[edit]

Political action committee[edit]

The SEIA Political Action Committee enables the solar industry to support candidates who are committed to expanding the use of solar technologies in the global marketplace.

National project[edit]

The solar industry employs about 100,000 Americans across all 50 states, and is projected to support over half a million American jobs by 2016.[14] The Solar Works for America (SWFA) microsite shares installation and jobs data by state, shows the companies operating in each state and tells stories of actual solar workers across many sectors of the economy - from manufacturing and engineering, to construction and sales, and supporting industries - from around the country.[15]

National roadshow[edit]

The Solar Generation USA Road Trip is a public service announcement and webisode series that travels the country to meet the people embracing solar energy. By giving voice to project developers, manufacturers, installers and, customers, the series showcases people using solar power for their homes, businesses and public buildings.[16]

Proposed guidelines[edit]

At SPI 2009, SEIA unveiled the Solar Bill of Rights, a list of eight rights that when enacted, will help give solar customers and companies the freedom to compete on equal terms with traditional energy sources and the liberty to choose the energy source they think best. Some of these rights include stopping homeowner associations from restricting residents from installing solar systems and allowing residents to be compensated for their system's excess electricity with full retail rates.[17]

International efforts[edit]

SEIA has worked with the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) and a coalition of international solar and renewable energy organizations to participate in the United Nations Climate Change conferences, starting in Copenhagen in 2009.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SEIA Homepage". Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  2. ^ "The Alliance for Solar Choice Homepage". Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  3. ^ "CASE Homepage". Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  4. ^ "ASES Homepage". Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  5. ^ "Economic Impacts of Extending Federal Solar Tax Credits". Navigant Consulting. September 15, 2008. Archived from the original on September 20, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC)". SEIA. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Executive Summary: Key Provisions Benefiting the Solar Energy Industry in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act". SEIA. Archived from the original on June 13, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Solar Energy Industries Association Applauds Inclusion of Treasury Section 1603 Program Extension in Senate Tax Compromise". SEIA. December 10, 2010. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. 
  9. ^ "US Solar Market Insight Report". SEIA. 
  10. ^ "National Solar Job Census". Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  11. ^ "U.S Solar Energy Trade Assessment 2010". Greentech Media. November 2010. 
  12. ^ http://www.solarpowerinternational.com
  13. ^ http://www.pvamericaexpo.com
  14. ^ "National Solar Jobs Census 2010". The Solar Foundation. October 2010. 
  15. ^ "Solar Works for America". SEIA. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  16. ^ "The Solar Generation". SEIA. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Solar Bill of Rights". SEIA. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  18. ^ www.EPIA.org EPIA Publication GMO 2013, 2013

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