The US Government will move forward with Suniva’s Solar Trade Case. Suniva has requested a four-year tariff schedule on solar panels imported from anywhere in the world. If approved, the tariff would double the price of solar panels imported into the US. Although Suniva manufactures its solar panels in the US, they sold a majority stake and control of the business to a Chinese Company in 2016.
SEIA (Solar Energy Industry Association) has launched a campaign to stop the proposed tariff on the grounds that Suniva is not a representative of the domestic industry as it has been defined. REIA intends to everything in its power stop this blatant attempt to slow down the solar industry. The hearing is scheduled for August 15th at the International Trade Commission headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Sponsorship Opportunities and Benefits
Top sponsor placement in all print and on web site.
Full page color ad in program.
Five (5) Fiesta shirts w/logos and names.
10’x20′ booth space.
$5,000.00 tax deductible sponsorship.
Middle sponsor placement in all print and on web site.
Half page color ad in program.
Three (3) Fiesta shirts w/logos and names.
10’x10′ booth space. (Upgrade to 10’x20′ at 50%)
$3,000.00 tax deductible sponsorship.
Lower sponsor placement in all print and on web site.
Quarter page color ad in program.
Two (2) Fiesta shirts w/logos and names
10’x10′ booth space. (Upgrade at 75%)
$1,000.00 tax deductible sponsorship.
The sponsorships will help pay for the cost of advertising, the program, tee shirts, etc. The program will be a special print version of the “Sun Paper” in full color and will include the advertising for the sponsor as outlined above. The shirts provided for the sponsors will be long sleeve collared shirts with the company’s logo, the Fiesta logo, and the name of the person at the Fiesta. Sizes and names will need to be supplied two months in advance.
Standard booth size is 10’x10′. It can be upgraded to 10’x20′.
Advertising sizes can be upgraded to a half or full page ad.
A report out by the Solar Foundation shows that the solar industry continues to have a positive economic impact on the country. According to the report, “The industry added $84 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016.”
The study also found that the solar industry created 260,000 jobs, with one solar related job supporting an additional 2.03 jobs. These workers, who earned $50 billion in compensation, then contribute to other economic activity, considered induced impacts, based on spending by workers and employees, and this contributed an additional $62.5 billion in sales to the economy.
The top five states for the solar industry are California, Florida, New York, Ohio and Texas. While New Mexico is the best state suited to install solar, it ranks 8th for solar jobs per capita. Even though it has the second highest range for PV generation hours, it is cooler here than Arizona, so panels actually generate more energy.
REIA wants to see New Mexico take it’s rightful place among the top states with the best economic impact from the growing solar industry.
This is the kind of economic impact that could really help New Mexico. Solar jobs year/year growth in our state increased 64% between 2015 and 2016 from 1,899 jobs in the sector to 2,929 jobs. Policy makers looking for job creation opportunities should be looking for ways to support the growing solar industry in New Mexico. It’s the best opportunity for growth that we have.
Fact sheet: New Mexico Solar Jobs Census 2016
The City of Albuquerque Purchasing Division is seeking sealed electronic bids for the
following goods and/or services by the designated times and dates:
Description: New Clean Renewable Energy Bond (NCREB) funded Solar Energy Projects
Due by Date and Time: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
BID FORMS AND INFORMATION CAN BE ACCESSED AT
For additional information or questions, contact the City Purchasing Office at (505) 768-3320. For TTY call (505)768-2983.
Assistant Procurement Officer
City of Albuquerque
One Civic Plaza Dr. NW | 7th Floor, Room 7012
The following analysis from the US Energy Information Administration shows U.S. Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions from 1990 to 2014. Figure 11 shows that the DECLINING CARBON INTENSITY OF THE ENERGY MIX SINCE 2008 HAS CONTRIBUTED TO A GENERAL DECOUPLING OF CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS FROM ECONOMIC GROWTH. As we continue to increase our nation’s capacity to generate electricity from the sun, we can continue to grow the US economy without increasing our carbon emissions. That’s good news for all of us.
CFV Solar Test Lab employees attended the annual PV Module Reliability Workshop sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in Colorado this week. Many of the top manufacturers, developers, and scientists from around the globe were in attendance to discuss issues related to PV module and system reliability. The CFV poster presentation “Module Deflection Profiles for MLT” authored by Larry Pratt, Nick Riedel, Greg Peacock and Michael Yamasaki won first prize in its category “General Standards”. The poster summarized an internal CFV study done to show that the force applied by its mechanical load stand that uses discrete hydraulic pistons is roughly equivalent to other methods (like sand bags or air bags) that use a continuous applied force across the module surface. The results of the study resulted in the rewriting of a portion of the new IEC standard for Mechanical Load Testing.
Two bills, which would have been a great help to the renewable industry in New Mexico die in session. The legislation, in form of two bills do not pass, but lawmakers and lobbyists promise to re introduce them both next year and hold out hope for a special session.
“Everybody got hurt on this one,” said Ben Shelton, political and legislative director of Conservation Voters of New Mexico, “The political will was absolutely there. It was just a matter of the fiscal reality that the state was in.”
For more detailed information on the the two bills, check out- The Santa Fe New Mexican article on the subject.