06/12/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/12/2019 13:49
WASHINGTON, D.C. and MONTPELIER, VT - The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the U.S. solar industry, announced today that Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) is now an official SEIA affiliate. REV becomes the 15th SEIA state affiliate, and the first in New England, growing a network of organizations committed to building and advancing solar markets around the country.
'We are thrilled to see this partnership come together and to expand our affiliate footprint into New England,' said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of SEIA. 'The state and region are ripe with solar potential, and we look forward to working with REV to build on our sector's strength in the Green Mountain State.'
Today, Vermont is home to 288.2 megawatts (MW) of installed solar electric generating capacity.
'In order to successfully create true energy independence, grow our economy, and tackle the climate crisis - local, state, and national leaders must work together,' said Olivia Campbell Andersen, REV's executive director. 'Federal policies deeply impact Vermonters ability to access the tremendous benefits of solar electricity. REV members are thankful for SEIA's work on the federal level and look forward to further collaboration.'
SEIA has developed strategic partnerships with numerous state and regional advocacy non-profits, known as 'SEIA Affiliates'. These organizations have demonstrated leadership on policy and regulatory matters, actively engage with the solar industry in their respective territories and offer grassroots support for SEIA's federal campaigns, among other accomplishments. We are proud to call them our partners in growing the U.S. solar industry.
To see a map of the current SEIA affiliates across the country, go to http://www.seia.org/official-state-affiliates.
Celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2019, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, which now employs more than 242,000 Americans. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to build jobs and diversity, champion the use of cost-competitive solar in America, remove market barriers and educate the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.
Renewable Energy Vermont represents businesses, non-profits, utilities, and individuals committed to reducing our reliance on dirty fossil fuels by increasing clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Vermont's clean energy economy includes 3,751 businesses employing approximately 6% of Vermont's workforce. Together, we will achieve 100% total renewable energy (electric, thermal, transportation). Learn more at www.revermont.org.
Morgan Lyons, SEIA's Senior Communications Manager, [email protected], (202) 556-2872
Sarah Tewskbury, REV Communications & Operations Associate, [email protected], 802-229-0099