Hanwha SolarOne (NASDAQ: HSOL), a global PV manufacturer, is showing strong growth potential, having entered into an agreement with OneRoof Energy earlier this year to supply 50 MW of panels for residential installation. Hanwha SolarOne has now officially joined the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) at the board level to provide perspective from a large PV manufacturer’s standpoint.
By Carter Lavin
PV Solar Report guest contributor
The politics that surround and shape the solar industry can be confusing and hard to navigate. We as an industry must have a richer understanding of these politics so that we may shift them to our advantage. While politics are fluid, these five themes can help guide your understanding of why the solar industry is the way it is, how that situation can be altered, and which groups are making changes. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, and I look forward to hearing what you would add to it!
Even without the vast amounts of sun and space that are available in the southwest, the east coast of the U.S. has become a hotspot for solar over the past few years. This is at least partly driven by solar-friendly policy that has made adoption more financially feasible. As a result of this, the Mid-Atlantic region not only features two of the top ten solar states but is even home to two of the five states that we should be watching for growth.
The U.S.-China solar trade dispute has been going on for a while and has so far shown little sign of being settled.
The last few weeks were full of hope for a solar bill in Massachusetts that was hailed as a potentially precedent-setting agreement between utilities and solar advocates. The solar industry around the country watched to see if what happened in Massachusetts could serve as a template for the rest of the country.
For anyone wondering why we should tackle climate change, the White House released a report this week from the Council of Economic Advisers that examines the economic consequences of delaying action.
Arizona Public Service (APS), often considered a staunch opponent of Arizona’s burgeoning rooftop solar industy, has made a surprising about-face. This week, APS announced its intentions to enter the residential solar market. Under the purview of its solar initiative program AZ Sun, APS plans to install PV panels on up to 3000 residences by 2015.
In testimony on Capitol Hill yesterday, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) supported permitting reforms for energy production on federal lands.
Last week, in the latest episode of the solar trade wars, the World Trade Organization (WTO)ruled that some punitive U.S. import duties on Chinese solar panels and other products violate global trade rules.
The Energy Information Administration issues a new report predicting that 83 GW of renewable capacity will be added in the U.S. through 2040, with nearly half of that coming from solar PV. SEIA president and CEO Rhone Resch responds to the report, urging a commitment to policies that support solar in the U.S.