Solar Energy Industries Association

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Solar Energy Industries Association
FormationJanuary 24, 1974; 49 years ago (1974-01-24)
Legal statusIndustry association
PurposeNational industry association of the U.S. solar industry
HeadquartersWashington, D.C., United States
President and CEO
Abigail Ross Hopper

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), established in 1974, is the national non-profit trade association of the solar-energy industry in the United States.[1] In 2019, the group reported at least 1,000 member companies.[2]

Utility-scale solar photovoltaic (plant) in Sacramento, CA

SEIA is a 501(c)6 non-profit trade association. The association supports the extension of a 30 percent federal solar investment tax credit for eight years.[3]

With the recent high flux of green jobs in the solar industry, SEIA maintains a resource for those looking for solar jobs.[4] The Harvard Business Review[5] claims that the solar industry could absorb all of the jobs lost to the coal industry as it shutters. By 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, the solar industry employed more workers in the energy generation industry than all fossil fuels (oil, coal, and natural gas) combined.[6]

An independent but strategically aligned organization, The Solar Foundation, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which develops education & outreach programs to promote the further development of solar energy in the U.S.[7]

Current Board of Directors[edit]


Executive committee[edit]

Division Chairs[edit]

  • Distributed Generation – Tony Clifford, Standard Solar
  • Solar Heating and Cooling – Ed Murray, Aztec Solar
  • Solar Services and Consumers – Laura Stern, Nautilus Solar Energy
  • Utility-Scale Solar Power – Fred Morse, Morse Associates

Board At-Large[edit]

Board Elected[edit]

Honorary Members[edit]

  • Arno Harris – Chairman Emeritus
  • Steve Hogan

State SEIA Affiliate Representative[edit]

  • Gil Hough (TenneSEIA) board member, and PJ Wilson (SESA-Puerto Rico) alternate

Official State Affiliates[9][edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SEIA Homepage". Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  2. ^ "About SEIA". SEIA. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  3. ^ "SEIA Launches New Campaign to Extend Solar Investment Tax Credit". Retrieved 2015-03-26.
  4. ^ "Solar Jobs | SEIA". Archived from the original on 4 August 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  5. ^ Pearce, Joshua M. (8 August 2016). "What if All U.S. Coal Workers Were Retrained to Work in Solar?". Harvard Business Review.
  6. ^ McCarthy, Niall. "Solar Employs More People In U.S. Electricity Generation Than Oil, Coal And Gas Combined". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  7. ^ "About Us - Solar Energy Nonprofit". The Solar Foundation. Retrieved 2019-12-27.
  8. ^ "Executive Committee and Board of Directors". SEIA. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  9. ^ "Official State Affiliates". SEIA. Archived from the original on 2015-08-01. Retrieved 2017-04-07.

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