FERC Decision a ‘Major Victory' for the Solar Industry

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) releases statement applauding the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee's (FERC) declaratory order.

For Immediate Release

Nov. 20, 2009

FERC Decision a ‘Major Victory' for the Solar Industry

WASHINGTON, DC - Solar Energy Industries Association President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement today applauding the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee's (FERC) declaratory order confirming that sales by a developer of on-site solar generating projects to end-use customers do not constitute the sale or transmission of electric energy:

"This decision by FERC is a major victory for the solar industry. Recognizing that FERC does not have jurisdiction over on-site solar generating projects removes a great cloud of uncertainty about the role of third-party solar system owners and paves the way for greater, more cost-effective, solar deployments. In short, this decision allows solar companies to be just that - companies creating jobs and deploying more solar - and not have to be under the same regulatory system as utilities."

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About SEIA:
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of solar energy industry. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Learn more at www.seia.org.

SEIA President & CEO Rhone Resch is on Twitter: http://twitter.com/RhoneResch

SEIA is on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/thesolarindustry) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Solar-Energy-Industries-Association/112495296809). Read the Solar Bill of Rights at http://www.solarbillofrights.com.

Background:
FERC Announcement:
http://seia.org/galleries/pdf/Declaratory%20Order%20on%20Jurisdictional%20Status%20of%20Solar%20Installations%20at%20%20Customer%20Facilities.pdf

Media Contact:
Monique Hanis, 202.556.2885, mhanis@seia.org
Jared Blanton, 202.556.2886, jblanton@seia.org
Mark Sokolove, Tigercomm, 703.302.8382, mark@tigercomm.us

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