The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has hired Capitol Hill veteran Ken Johnson, who previously headed up the communications efforts for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and two major committees in the U.S. House of Representatives, as vice president of communications. Most recently, Johnson served as senior advisor to the chairman of
PPC Solar, Taos, N.M. www.ppcsolar.com For more than 30 years, Dan Weinman, president of PPC Solar (one of Solar Power World’s Top 100 Solar Contractors), of Taos, N.M., has watched the solar industry grow and prosper. Weinman started at age seven by helping his father, who founded the company. The company’s goal was to
In an online panel discussion, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and others today discussed America’s growing solar industry. Dr. Chu said the industry has a lot of room for development – especially in lowering soft costs and improving electronic components – yet in terms of cost per watt, solar will soon rival other forms of energy.
Statement from SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch on the Notice of the Departure of Energy Secretary Steven Chu: “SEIA applauds Secretary Chu for his outstanding leadership of the Department of Energy and for his work to foster the growth of clean energy technologies to power America. Secretary Chu clearly believes in the power of
PanelClaw announced Zachary Ward joined the company as general manager of PanelClaw’s North America Ground Mount Business. Having closed and executed over 600 MW of utility solar projects, Ward brings 11 years of solar manufacturing sales and business development experience to PanelClaw. The company says Ward will play a key role in the PanelClaw Solar Ground Mount
ESA Renewables (25) What’s the thing you enjoy most about being in the solar industry? The solar industry provides the opportunity to do business worldwide. I enjoy interacting with a diverse variety of people and entities (governments, utilities, banks, investors, engineers, installers), creating business value, and positively contributing to environmental sustainability. What’s the most important
Strata Solar (30) Where do you see the solar industry in five years? Solar is “disruptive technology” (like MP3 players or e-books). Over time, it will be cheaper than most traditional energy sources, fundamentally changing the way the world looks at energy production. You will find solar generation capacity everywhere. Not just utility scale farms,
Sacred Power Corp. (98) What’s the most important business lesson you’ve learned since you’ve been in the industry? You have to persevere. As tax credits came and went in the 1980s, as solar went through a boom and bust in the same time frame, I learned to stay focused on what I believed in: Solar will be the next energy resource to power our planet.
GES USA (5 market/5 overall) What do you enjoy least about being in the solar industry? I would like to see a stable renewable energy policy in place for the United States. Establishing a strong renewable energy policy would remove a lot of the uncertainty in the market and open the door to more opportunities.