Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on today’s filing of a multi-faceted settlement to resolve energy issues in Colorado:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following is a statement from Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on today's filing of a multi-faceted settlement to resolve energy issues in Colorado:
"This settlement, signed by more than 20 parties, represents a turning point in Colorado's energy future. It was a massive undertaking and Xcel Energy should be praised for their leadership.
"We applaud our fellow stakeholders who participated in lengthy negotiations and helped remove proposals that would have penalized the state's solar customers for years to come. Instead, this settlement expands solar access to low-income customers. It significantly increases the state's capacity for clean, reliable, affordable solar energy, including more than doubling the solar capacity for commercial and industrial customers through the Solar*Rewards program. Without a doubt, this will support more well-paying solar jobs in the state.
"We strongly encourage the Colorado Public Utility Commission to approve this deal, so Coloradoans can begin reaping the environmental and economic benefits of further solar adoption statewide."
Celebrating its 42nd anniversary in 2016, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.