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Through our blog, SEIA staff aim to informing policymakers, the media, and the American public about the benefits of solar energy for today’s economy. Scroll down for a running feed of our blog posts. For a complete archive of press releases, blogs and other news articles, click here

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2022

Four Ways to Prepare for the IRA’s Upcoming Apprenticeship Requirements

It’s no secret that the solar industry is a proven job creator. The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) set the stage for the solar industry to create even more jobs and empower workers to earn money while they learn through apprenticeship programs. These opportunities will only become more important as the industry prepares to welcome new workers from all walks of life and help them succeed in the solar workforce.

Thursday, Nov 03, 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act Is Law, but Implementation Will Determine How it Works for Decades to Come

The landmark Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has changed the trajectory of the U.S. energy market, sparking a projected five-fold increase in the size of America’s $33 billion solar and storage industry over the next decade. This immense growth seems inevitable with such a transformative law in place, but the moment President Biden’s pen came off the document, a mammoth implementation challenge was set in motion. Let’s start with what implementation means in practical terms.

Tuesday, Nov 01, 2022

REPORT: Shoring Up Cybersecurity Protocols for Distributed Energy Resources

Photo courtesy of SunPower  For grid planners and operators working in today’s digital age, there are few words more frightening than cyberattack.  

Wednesday, Oct 19, 2022

What People Get Wrong About the Inflation Reduction Act

The IRA will create millions of jobs, reduce energy costs, slash pollution and mitigate climate change impacts. The bill’s clean energy provisions represent a win for all American communities, and in fact, today, the most prevalent arguments against the law have little to no basis in truth.  

Thursday, Oct 06, 2022

Under the Radar: Little-Known Code Proposal Imperils American Clean Energy

Climate change, hurricanes, FEMA, clean energy, the electric grid. Recently, these terms have been front and center for millions of Americans. Between historic federal legislation, intensifying natural disasters and rising electricity prices, the clean energy transition is more relevant and urgent than ever. However, a quiet storm is brewing that risks undercutting American clean energy and climate progress.

Thursday, Sep 08, 2022

How to Get Smart on the Inflation Reduction Act at RE+ 2022

While the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has already created a number of resources for members to use to build their understanding of the IRA and maximize the law’s benefits, RE+ 2022 is just around the corner, presenting an excellent opportunity for clean energy companies to hear directly from SEIA experts about how the IRA is changing the energy landscape.

Monday, Aug 22, 2022

Americans Want Clean Energy Products Made in the USA and That Goal is Now Within Reach

If the United States wants to achieve its energy security and climate goals while creating well-paying jobs in the clean energy economy, building a robust solar and storage manufacturing base here in America is non-negotiable.

Friday, Jul 29, 2022

Three Reasons to Invest in Solar at a Time of Record Inflation

With no relief in sight, lawmakers must do everything in their power to improve energy affordability for their constituents. Clean energy can stabilize energy costs and save families money, helping to mitigate the effects of inflation. Lawmakers already have a blueprint to invest in clean energy through the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 — now it’s time to get this legislation across the finish line.

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2022

Abigail Ross Hopper: Why It’s Essential that the Clean Energy Industry Stand Up for Women and Their Right to Healthcare Access

On June 24, 2022, the way we live our lives changed, but it also changed the way we do business. One of the most important parts of creating a great place to work is the benefits you offer staff. Access to healthcare, including pregnancy and abortion care, is an essential part of any benefits package.

Monday, Jul 18, 2022

Safer, Faster, Cheaper: How SolarAPP+ Is Cutting Through Bureaucracy to Boost Solar Deployment

A residential solar home in Denver, Colorado.  More than half a million residential solar systems were installed in the United States in 2021, representing a 30% year-over-year uptick in installed solar capacity. This is great news for households looking to both stabilize and lower their energy costs, but for the thousands of local jurisdictions responsible for permitting and inspecting each and every system to ensure code compliance, this flood of new projects can quickly become a bureaucratic nightmare.  

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