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An overwhelming 75% of the world’s flowering plants and 35% of the world’s food crops depend on pollinators, the tenacious insects that ultimately provide us with the nutrients vital to our planet and food web. Sadly, humans have been eliminating many of the flowering plant species essential for pollinators’ survival. From pesticides and pathogens to lack of adequate nutrition and habitat loss, populations are declining at an alarming rate.
With many key markets preparing to launch new solar programs, the past few weeks in the solar industry have been busy to say the least! Here’s a quick rundown from our Policy and Market Development Team to keep you in the know.
Topics: Solar Industry
The sun is a fundamental part of our lives. Farmers especially rely on the sun not only for warmth, light and energy, but also to keep their businesses afloat. However, farmers have been afflicted by a multi-year agricultural downfall that is pushing many over the financial edge. Searching for ways to offset their overhead, they’re turning to other solutions. And what better way to do so than by harnessing the power of the sun?
Topics: Landowner Stories
Having recently joined Nexamp as the Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, I’m a relatively new member of the team. Part of my interview process included a meeting with Zaid Ashai, Nexamp’s Chairman and CEO. As a mother of a two-year-old, I asked Zaid about Nexamp’s commitment to a diverse workforce, including policies that support working parents. My former employer offered generous leave and other supportive benefits and I wanted to join a like-minded company.
I am honored and humbled to have been selected to join SEIA’s Board of Directors for the 2018/2019 term. I greatly appreciate the immense growth of solar energy in our nation since I first started my career in the clean energy space over a decade ago. This success wouldn’t be possible without forward-thinking policy, innovative technologies, and support from national advocacy groups, all of which continue to propel the clean energy industry forward. Organizations like SEIA, NECEC, CCSA, among many others, provide the education, resources, and support necessary for cohesive advancement within the solar space.
Across the nation, communities of faith are increasingly looking to solar power to reduce their environmental footprint while cashing in on solar savings. And why not? Within the last year, solar prices have dropped nearly 20% and there are now 1.4 million solar installations in the United States. Still, many churches, mosques, and synagogues don’t have buildings suitable for rooftop solar panels, nor the funds to pay the high upfront costs of buying and installing solar. In this regard, Community Solar acts as the perfect opportunity for houses of worship to go green while saving some serious green as well.
Topics: Community Solar
This past week, I joined a dedicated group from Nexamp to travel from Boston to Washington D.C. to lend our voices to the opposition of a new solar tariff. The solar tariff, petitioned to the International Trade Commission (ITC) by Suniva, a U.S. based solar manufacturer, poses a serious threat to the solar industry. Should the tariff be imposed, it could potentially double the costs of solar installation by raising the prices of imported solar cells. The U.S. solar industry relies on access to the global market in order to compete with other fuel sources in the energy market. The proposed tariff would effectively price out clean energy customers and slow the growth of a thriving new industry in America. When the Nexamp team heard that SEIA was organizing an opposition rally for the ITC injury hearing, we didn’t hesitate to jump into a couple of SUV’s and make the eight-plus hour journey to join the gathering and show our support for the solar industry.
Topics: Solar Industry
With a record breaking 14.8 gigawatts of solar projects installed last year, 2016 marked solar’s biggest year ever, proving that solar energy is here to stay. Installed solar power production capacity in 2016 increased 97% over the previous year, resulting in the highest installed capacity totals we have ever seen. In fact, Q4 was the largest quarter on record for solar, sending the industry into 2017 with a full head of steam. Despite some recent setbacks at the federal level (EPA budget cuts, the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, etc.), solar is still poised for massive growth this year.
Topics: Community Solar
This Thursday, February 23rd, women and men of the Massachusetts solar industry will come together at District Hall in Boston to participate in the third annual #NationWISE event. NationWISE is a multi-city roundtable that was started by the Boston-based nonprofit Women in Solar Energy (WISE) to facilitate dialogue and collaboration towards a common goal of advancing women in all aspects of the solar energy industry. The event provides an exciting opportunity for women across the United States to unite and bring forth innovative ideas and strategies to strengthen the solar community and to set priorities for the upcoming year. Nexamp, a leading commercial solar developer headquartered in Boston, is honored to host the Northeast chapter this year.