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According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), in 2018, about 17% of the electricity generated was from renewable sources (primarily wind, solar & hydropower), with 1.6% coming from solar.

In early 2019, the Solar Foundation released its National Solar Census, which shows that, since 2017, the total number of jobs in the industry has now fallen for the second year in a row. 242,343 people were employed in solar jobs in 2018, a 3.2% decline on the previous year. That comes after the industry contracted by 3.8% in 2017, primarily as a result of tariffs.

The outlook for jobs in the industry is expected to improve in 2019 due to a backlog of utility-scale projects and new policy incentives in key U.S. states. The Solar Foundation has forecast a 7% increase in jobs for this year, bringing the total to 259,400.

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Solar Market Insight Report 2022 Q2

06/08/22
In Q1 2022, the US solar market installed 3.9 GWdc of solar capacity, a 24% decrease from Q1 2021 and a 52% decrease from Q4 2021. This represents the weakest quarter for US solar installations…

Federal Solar Tax Credit Guide (2022)

05/03/22
Since 2005, the federal government has incentivized homeowners to switch to solar through the solar investment tax credit (ITC), also known as the federal solar tax credit. Currently, this tax credit lets you claim 26%…

How solar power works

02/11/22
Solar energy is quickly becoming a more popular and affordable power source for homeowners and businesses. With residential solar energy, you can lower your carbon footprint and see substantial cost savings.

Investing in a Clean Energy Future: Solar Energy Research, Deployment, and Workforce Priorities

09/13/21
The immediate need for action on climate change has been made clear in the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Limiting the rise in global temperatures would help avoid future catastrophic…

2035 Report

10/01/20
Scientists say we must cut global carbon emissions in half by 2030 to avoid catastrophic climate impacts.

Solar carports: how do they work and how much do they cost?

04/25/20
While a typical carport or patio cover provides shading and is undoubtedly a value-add for a home or automobile owner, its one-dimensional simplicity is a missed opportunity. If you’re a PV fanatic following emerging technologies in the solar industry,…

Depreciation of Solar Energy Property in MACRS

04/20/20
Businesses rely on policy certainty to make long-term investment decisions. SEIA supports smart tax policy that drives continued innovation in the solar industry. Depreciation is one aspect of the tax code that facilitates greater investment…

California Solar Data Current Through: Q4 2019

03/28/20
California has the largest solar market in the U.S. and has been a longtime champion of solar because of the many economic and environmental benefits it provides, including $57 billion in investment in the state.

Calculate your solar panel savings

02/22/20
Use this solar panel calculator to quickly estimate your solar potential and savings by address. Estimates are based on your roof, electricity bill, and actual offers in your area.

Top Solar Energy Facts e-book

01/15/20
Scientists estimate that more than enough solar energy strikes the planet every hour to power the entire globe for a full year.

Solar Power Events

01/06/20
Solar Power Events, the premier events series for the North American solar & storage markets, is presented by Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) & Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). Alongside North America Smart Energy Week,…

Go solar: top 10 benefits of solar energy

12/06/19
There are many reasons why homeowners go solar, but improving the environment and cutting energy costs are the most common. Many people are aware that solar is a great home efficiency upgrade and are eager…

Solar Energy Industry Association

07/08/19
The Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, which now employs more than 242,000 Americans. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to…

Coalition for Community Solar Access

07/08/19
The Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA) is a national Coalition of businesses and non-profits working to expand customer choice and access to solar to all American households and businesses through community solar. Community solar…

Vote Solar

07/04/19
Since 2002, Vote Solar has been working to lower solar costs and expand solar access. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Vote Solar advocates for state policies and programs needed to repower our electric grid with clean…

Ten Ways Your Community Can Go Solar

03/01/19
The United States has enough solar energy installed to power over 11 million American homes. America’s cities and towns play a key role in driving the adoption of clean, renewable energy. Yet, most have only…

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Pa. schools have doubled their solar power use since 2020

By Ladimir Garcia  Photo: Getty Images   05/22/22  
According to a new report by clean energy nonprofit Generation180, the amount of solar installed at K-12 schools in Pennsylvania almost doubled from 2020-2022, with Pittsburgh’s Woodland Hills School District listed as one of its…

White House official promises regulatory review updates

By Kelsey Brugger  Photo: Chip Somodevilla , Getty Images   05/19/22  
Sam Berger — who recently joined the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs after serving on the White House pandemic response team — said the office is “putting regulatory modernization at the center of what…

85 House members add to Senate calls for an end to anti-circumvention solar investigation

By Lulia Gheorghiu  Photo: Megan Quinn , UtilityDive   05/19/22  
Some 85 U.S. House representatives wrote President Joe Biden on Tuesday asking him to expedite the anti-circumvention investigation into solar exports from Southeast Asia that has led to a number of delays and cancellations in…

NYC wants more rooftop solar. Its fire code is getting in the way.

By Zoya Teirstein  Photo: Lisa-Blue/Getty Images   05/19/22  
In 2014, former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office announced an ambitious new climate target: 80 percent fewer emissions city wide by 2050. In order to reach that goal, the city aims to install 1,000 megawatts…

Rising panel costs hit solar power as electric-rate hikes boost appeal

By Mark Harrington   05/13/22  
In recent weeks and months, a U.S. Commerce Department investigation has short-circuited a key supply source of solar panels from Asia, and one major supplier to the United States, LG Electronics, has exited the market,…

New England energy demand recently dropped to its lowest point ever

By Patrick Skahill  Photo: Anton Petrus , Getty Images   05/10/22  
New England’s energy demand dropped to its lowest point ever earlier this month thanks to good weather and the continued adoption of rooftop solar on homes and businesses. Officials at regional grid operator ISO New…

White House alarmed that Commerce probe is ‘smothering’ solar industry

By Evan Halper  Photo: Oliver Contreras/For The Washington Post   05/07/22  
Top climate officials in the Biden administration are warning that a federal investigation into alleged dodging of tariffs by Chinese suppliers has put the domestic solar industry in peril just as the United States is…

Inside Clean Energy: Navigating the U.S. Solar Industry’s Spring of Discontent

By Dan Gearino  Photo: Ideal Energy   05/05/22  
His solar business, Ideal Energy in Fairfield, Iowa, is dealing with the blowback from a Department of Commerce investigation that could lead to retroactive tariffs on certain solar panels imported from Southeast Asia.

The Commerce Department’s ill-timed solar investigation is hurting utilities

By Lisa Martine Jenkins  Photo: Markus Splske , Unsplash   05/05/22  
On Wednesday, Indiana utility NiSource announced it will delay two scheduled 2023 coal plant retirements until 2025 because of “uncertainty” in the solar panel market that has knocked multiple solar projects off schedule by six…

A solar battle in sleepy Wareham is pitting environmentalists against each other

By Emma Foehringer Merchant  Photo: Aram Bogoshian , Boston Globe   05/05/22  
On a March afternoon last year, Meg Sheehan, a 65-year-old environmental lawyer, left her parents’ house in Duxbury, pointed their black Chevy Tahoe south, and navigated to a country road running through Wareham and Carver,…

How to overcome community solar siting challenges

By Eric Partyka   05/02/22  
To achieve our nation’s clean energy and carbon reduction goals, we will need to deploy much more solar power. That includes projects of all sizes and in all market segments. We need solar on rooftops…

Solar Industry ‘Frozen’ as Biden Administration Investigates China

By David Gelles  Photo: Kevin Frayer , Getty Images   04/29/22  
Around the country, solar companies are delaying projects, scrambling for supplies, shutting down construction sites and warning that tens of billions of dollars — and tens of thousands of jobs — are at risk.

Biden energy chief voices ‘deep concern’ about tariff impact on US solar goals

By Zack Budryk  Photo: Greg Nash   04/28/22  
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Thursday said she shares “deep concern” about the impact of potential solar energy tariffs on U.S. renewable energy goals.

Market ‘in a state of panic’ due to tariff case, interconnection delays: solar developers

By Emma Penrod   04/28/22  
The future of fixed-price power purchase agreements (PPAs) is uncertain as the U.S. solar market seeks to cope with a sudden, extreme shortage of panels on the heels of price hikes and ongoing interconnection delays,…

Biden officials talk solar loans, Congress and Gina McCarthy

By David Laconangelo   04/20/22  
Ali Zaidi, White House deputy national climate adviser, and Kelly Cummins, who heads the Energy Department’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, sought to inject optimism about clean energy’s future in the United States at a…
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Solar panels that can generate electricity at night have been developed at Stanford

By Rina Torchinsky  Photo: Julio Cortez , AP   04/07/22  
While standard solar panels can provide electricity during the day, this device can serve as a "continuous renewable power source for both day- and nighttime," according to the study published this week in the journal…

Chart: New solar and storage set to crush fossil gas deployments in the US

By Eric Wesoff and Others  Photo: Werner Slocum , Nrel   04/01/22  
Legacy energy and utility interests might not want you to know this, but the energy transition is now in full effect in the United States. We’re well beyond the ​“what if” stage, when we wondered…

States’ solar fights pinpoint tensions between environmentalists and utility companies

By Vanessa Montalbano  Photo: Rich Pedroncelli   03/31/22  
Lawmakers in Florida are clamping down on solar incentives for homeowners, escalating a years-long fight between clean energy advocates and politically powerful utility companies.

‘Like a nuclear bomb going off:’ Solar panel petition decision could upend industry, Biden climate goals

By Kelsey Tamborrino and Josh Siegal  Photo: Ethan Miller , Getty Images   03/24/22  
An imminent decision by the Commerce Department could undercut President Joe Biden's ambitious climate goals and create significant headwinds for the solar industry that was riding high at the start of his administration, industry officials…

Wind, solar could replace coal power in Texas

By Mike Williams   03/21/22  
The new work led by environmental engineer Daniel Cohan and senior computer science major Richard Morse of Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering uses optimization modeling to identify the least-cost combinations of proposed wind…

Solar canopies over Indiana airport parking lot provide shade and power

By YCC Team   03/17/22  
Before travelers fly out of the Evansville Regional Airport in Indiana, they can park their cars in a large lot just beyond the terminal. A few years ago, there was no shelter in the lot…

Florida passes net metering bill that will gut rooftop solar, advocates say, as they call for a veto

By Lulia Gheorghiu  Photo: Fotolia   03/08/22  
The Florida Senate on Monday passed a bill 24-15 that has been criticized by distributed solar advocates as an attempt to gut rooftop solar in the state. The bill had already gotten approval in the…

Environmental Groups Are United In California Rooftop Solar Fight, with One Notable Exception

By Dan Gearino and Anne Marshall- Chalmers  Photo: An Abal Martel , Getty Images   03/07/22  
A policy debate over rooftop solar subsidies in California is pitting one of the largest environmental groups in the world, the Natural Resources Defense Council, against dozens of its peers in environmental advocacy.

County by county, solar panels face pushback

By David Ingram  Photo: Robert F. Bukaty , AP File   03/06/22  
On one side, fans of solar energy are pushing a cleaner alternative to fossil fuels, with massive solar projects popping up across the United States. On the other, conservationists and people who live near the…

In Virginia, abandoned coal mines are transformed into solar farms

By Zoeann Murphy   03/03/22  
Empty freight cars line the railroad tracks as far as the eye can see from Tim Jennings’s backyard in Dante — a town of less than 600 residents. “They should open up some more new…

Fees from Pepco put solar panels out of reach, D.C. residents say

By Maxine Joselow  Photo: Robb Hill   02/24/22  
Alex Hillbrand and Clémentine Stip have long dreamed of installing solar panels on the roof of their rowhouse in Mount Pleasant, where sunshine shoots through the leafy canopies of Rock Creek Park, providing an abundant…

Community Solar Could Fill A Market Void — But Regulatory And Technical Gaps Remain

By Ken Silverstein  Photo: Joe Raedle , Getty Images   02/21/22  
Ohio may become the latest state to allow for community solar projects. Under those arrangements, homeowners could buy clean energy without coming up with a big downpayment. However, they would be obligated to make monthly…

People power: Hawaii utility wants to pay households to share clean energy

By Julian Spector  Photo: Mel Melcon , Getty Images   02/14/22  
Something unusual is happening in Hawaii: An electric utility and rooftop solar installers have agreed on a proposal to reward households for sharing clean energy with the grid at useful times.

Scoop: Biden to extend, but modify, Trump’s solar tariffs

By Hans Nichols  Photo: Emily Elconin via Getty Images   02/07/22  
President Biden plans to maintain former President Trump's tariffs on solar cells and panels, but loosen some restrictions on importing supplies from Asia to help combat climate change, according to people familiar with the matter.

Column: How California’s rooftop solar program became a victim of its own spectacular success

By Michael Hiltzik  Photo: Tomas Ovalle   01/28/22  
There’s one aspect of California’s program to spur the installation of rooftop solar panels that everyone can agree on: It has been spectacularly successful.

Where is the people’s solar?

By Ruth Nolan and others   01/21/22  
Most of you have seen images of the industrial-sized solar arrays promised to solve the existential threat of climate change. For those who haven’t, picture a desert vista: Big, blue sky; purple mountains all around;…

Superstores can meet half their electricity needs with rooftop solar, says a new report

By Tik Root   01/20/22  
Expansive, flat and abundant, the rooftops of big-box stores in the United States could produce enough solar energy to meet half their electricity needs, according to a report released Thursday. Walmart leads the way in…

Heavy hitters form $500M joint venture to expand community solar to disadvantaged communities

By Eric Wesoff  Photo: Joe Amon via Getty Images   01/19/22  
Reactivate, a new joint venture with half a billion dollars in backing, says it has figured out how to profitably develop community solar projects to serve low- to moderate-income communities.

Schwarzenegger: We Put Solar Panels on 1 Million Roofs in California. That Win Is Now Under Threat.

By Arnold Schwarzenegger  Photo: Mike Blake/Reuters   01/17/22  
California has more rooftops with solar panels than any other state and continues to be a leader in new installations. But a proposal from the state’s public utility commission threatens that progress.

The country’s biggest solar farm is coming to one of the coal-friendliest states

By Jena Brooker  Photo: Doral Renewables   01/05/22  
Among vast fields of corn and soybeans in rural northwest Indiana, construction workers broke ground in October on what will be the largest solar farm in the United States. The project, known as Mammoth Solar,…

CALIFORNIAState ready to pull plug on rooftop solar aid

By Daily Democrat   12/29/21  
Two homes, each merrily twinkling with holiday lights. The one with no solar panels and the escalating electric bill? It’s subsidizing the one with solar panels and the low electric bill, California officials say —…

Biden administration approves expansion of solar power on U.S. land

By Matthew Brown  Photo: Reuters/Regis Duvignau   12/21/21  
U.S. officials announced approval Tuesday of two solar projects in California and moved to open up public lands in three other Western states to potential solar development, as part of the Biden administration’s effort to…

Biden Administration Approves Two Big Solar Projects

By Lisa Friedman  Photo: Patrick T. Fallon , Getty Images   12/21/21  
The Biden administration said Tuesday that it had given the go-ahead to two major solar projects on federal land in the California desert, pushing forward with clean energy plans by using federal authority after Joe…

The solar industry in 2021: Big, complicated and kind of weird

By Eric Wesoff  Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images   12/20/21  
The U.S. solar market has managed to notch a decade of steady growth despite shifting global economics and oscillating domestic energy policy. Expansion has continued even in this weird year.

Documents show FPL wrote bill to slow rooftop solar’s growth by hampering net metering

By Mary Ellen Klas and Mario Alejandro Ariza  Photo: Joe Rimkus Jr. , Miami Herald File Photo   12/20/21  
Rooftop solar power generation in Florida is still a nascent industry, but Florida Power & Light, the nation’s largest power company, is pushing to hamstring it — by writing and delivering legislation the company asked…

Newsletter: Everything you need to know about California’s plan to slash solar incentives

By Sammy Roth  Photo: Gary Coronado , Los Angeles Times   12/16/21  
It’s been two years since California reached 1 million solar roofs, a landmark in the fight against climate change. Now the story of solar power in the Golden State may be approaching another turning point.

What’s better than a big battery? How about a big battery you can move around

By Jeff St. John  Photo: Power Edison   12/06/21  
Study after study has shown that the power grid of the future is going to need a lot of batteries. To meet that need without breaking the bank, those batteries must be as affordable as…

Amazon procures over 1 GW of U.S. solar projects

By Tim Sylvia  Photo: Elliot Brown , Wikimedia Commons   12/02/21  
Alongside Amazon’s update that the company has now invested in 274 utility-scale renewable energy projects globally, the company also announced 18 new projects that it has procured in the United States and Europe, including eight…

Solar and green groups buy into Duke’s net-metering plan in North Carolina

By Jeff St. John  Photo: Duke Energy   12/02/21  
Duke Energy customers in North Carolina are poised to get a revamped net-metering regime for new home solar systems — one that would closely tie the value of rooftop solar power to how much households…

Colorado program gives new life to old solar panels

By YCC Team  Photo: Richard Stromberg   11/12/21  
Solar technology is improving quickly, so many people are upgrading their solar panels to new, more efficient models. But when they do, their old solar panels often end up in a landfill.

Should California make solar more expensive? Inside the climate justice battle

By Samy Roth  Photo: Gary Coronado   11/02/21  
It was a warm summer afternoon in Watts, a predominantly Latino and Black neighborhood in South Los Angeles. Low-income families faced the specter of punishingly high energy bills if they cranked up the air conditioning.

Old Power Gear Is Slowing Use of Clean Energy and Electric Cars

By Ivan Penn  Photo: Jim Wilson/The New York Times   10/28/21  
Seven months after workers finished installing solar panels atop the Garcia family home near Stanford University, the system is little more than a roof ornament. The problem: The local utility’s equipment is so overloaded that…

More than half of 2022′s solar projects threatened by spiking costs, new report finds

By Pippa Stevens  Photo: Gary Weathers | Brand X Pictures | Getty Images   10/26/21  
Surging solar costs, driven my raw material price increases and supply chain constraints, could delay or even cancel more than half of 2022′s expected utility-scale solar buildout, according to a new report from energy consultancy…

Nonprofit Barrio Electrico works to expand solar energy in Puerto Rico

By YCC Team  Photo: Barrio Eléctrico video   10/20/21  
When Hurricanes Irma and Maria brought damaging winds to Puerto Rico in 2017, many people struggled to survive without electricity. And even in the absence of a hurricane, the power can be unreliable in rural…

Developers increasingly pair batteries with utility-scale solar to combat declining value in crowded markets

By Emma Penrod  Photo: Novo Nordisk   10/13/21  
Utility scale solar may have hit a record, and in many regions, a turning point in 2020, according to the national lab's new analysis. Utility scale installations added 12.8 GWdc to the grid in 2020, more…