Solar Energy Industries Association
The Solar Energy Industries Association or the SEIA was established in 1974 as the national trade association of the solar power industry in the US. It works to make solar energy the mainstream source of energy. This it hopes to achieve by expanding the use of solar technology, expanding the market for solar energy by removing barriers, educating the public about solar energy and making it widely available
The SEIA has four major departments, namely Government Affairs, Meetings, Membership and Communications. The SEIA Government Affairs department advocates in the Congress on behalf of the solar industry. The Meetings and Events department conducts events that are attended by the leaders and innovators in the industry as well as media and public. These events raise awareness and serve as a platform for displaying the developments in the solar industry. The Communications Department of The SEIA works the media at state, local and national levels and informs the companies which are members of the SEIA about its activities. The Membership division manages the member database and promotes the benefits of joining the SEIA to prospective members. If you are in the solar energy industry, whether as a manufacturer, contractor or developer, being a member of the SEIA is crucial for information and opportunities that will help you stay on in the industry and be successful in the end.
One of the major issues that the SEIA deals with is that of global warming. With the effect of global warming increasing day after day, the need for an alternative source of energy becomes imperative. Solar energy has the potential to fulfill that need in its various forms: photovoltaic, solar heating, solar cooling and concentrated solar power. The SEIA strives to establish a Renewable portfolio Standard under which electricity providers are required to provide a certain minimum percentage of their electricity from alternative sources such as solar, geothermal or wind. So far, it has extended the renewable portfolio standard to 29 states in the US and is working to bring more states under this standard. Of the twenty-nine states which are under the standard, about a dozen have a solar multiplier or other solar specific designs. Yet another area in which the SEIA is extending its efforts is in net metering programs, which allow consumers to generate electricity from solar panels on their roofs for their homes or businesses.
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