Solar Energy Industries Association: What is the SEIA?
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SEIA, the acronym for Solar Energy Industries Association, is the national trade association for the U.S. and represents all organizations working in the photovoltaic and solar sectors.
SEIA’s motto is loud and clear: “Building a strong solar industry to power America.”
The target of the association is enabling and promoting hundreds of billions of dollars in investment to encourage the creation of hundreds of thousands of American jobs.
Solar investment tax credit
SEIA is the biggest advocate for the extension of the solar investment tax credit.
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Renewable Energy in your everyday life
To build you use more green energy in your day to day life, contact your current energy or electricity provider to see if they offer a renewable-energy alternative. Many energy companies are beginning to offer environmentally sound, even higher priced energy services to cater to more socially conscious individuals.
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SEIA has published a detailed report with a clear roadmap for the industry.
“Explain[s] how the solar industry will expand exponentially from comprising 2.4% of the U.S. electricity mix today to 20% of all U.S. electricity generation by 2030.B This is an ambitious but achievable goal. Critically, none of it will happen without a collaborative, well-funded effort led by a strong national trade association”SEIA
The report calls to clear and actionable steps that must be undertaken:
Short-term (one to two years):
- Extend the Solar Investment Tax Credit.
- Reduce trade barriers
- Expand on state-level coordination with partners to strategically plan nation-wide solar advocacy.
- Strengthen trade association technical capacity and resources to further engage in regulatory proceedings, including FERC, RTO/ISO and state bodies.
- Develop shared policy priorities in the pan-renewable space.
- Begin crafting policy priorities for carbon legislation that will provide certainty and maximize opportunity for the solar industry.
Mid-term (three to five years):
- Be the voice of clean technology in the climate policy debate, including crafting carbon legislative priorities that will maximize opportunities for solar.
- Achieve adoption of SolarAPP.
- Position solar + storage as the marginal generation resource (i.e., the best, cheapest and most capable) in state and utility resource planning and procurement.
- Build a self-sustaining, nationwide PV Recycling Network.
- Build a workforce that better reflects our country.
- Expand the U.S. solar supply chain and build out both new and underutilized solar technologies, including photovoltaic (PV), solar heating and cooling and concentrating solar power technologies.
- Create a vision for longer-term financing mechanisms.
Long-term (five years and beyond):
- Fully-fund a 50-state policy strategy.
- Build new transmission to support solar growth, including lines that provide regional and system-wide renewable energy and reliability benefits.
- Work to build solar powered infrastructure that serves as a national network supporting the full electrification of the transportation sector.
- Establish a sophisticated, locally-driven solar engagement plan to support solar expansion.
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How to join: SEIA Membership’s Benefits and Tiers
Are you a contractor? Do you own a business working in the solar sector?
You cand do as much as a single individual or small business. SEIA offers you the membership to one of the most influential solar organization in North America. If you want to position your company among industry movers at the top of the solar industry, SEIA membership is an invaluable business card.
The Basic Membership gives you resources like reports, market insights, webinars, and presentations. Also, it provides networking opportunities to access the connections and first-hand information you need to succeed.
Watt level SEIA members could get is discounts events, a dedicated account manager, and participation on committees and working groups (Codes & Standards, PURPA, and Community Engagement).
This level includes all basic and watt membership benefits, plus access and participation in several special committees: Tax & Finance, Public Relations, Siting & Permitting.
Kilowatt Plus Membership
As a Kilowatt partner, you are making an essential contribution to critical lobbying and publicity efforts that drive the solar industry forward. Kilowatt members enjoy access to the above committees plus access to the state and regional committees, a unique network opportunity to sit at big decision-maker table
As Megawatt member, you are a player in solar industry lobbying. From this level on, the tier is for those who want to be updated about federal policy issues to extend their ears in Washington, D.C.
Gigawatt Membership and Terawatt Membership
The Gigawatt and Terawatt levels. Premium access to industry players and exclusive networking opportunities are an invaluable tool. Free registrations for key industry events. Gigawatt level members are also invited at the SEIA’s annual policy summit solar executives and thought leaders for long-term strategic planning. If you are after the opportunity to influence policy-makers directly, you will have a seat on the SEIA Board of Directors with voting authority.
Corporate Solar User
SEIA also offers a membership package to companies that are interested in procuring solar energy to power their business. Corporate Solar Users are comparable to megawatt membership
Working with SEIA: how to Apply
You can apply for full-time positions or for an internship on the organization’s website.
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