Resources and Industry Partners

Solar Energy Industries Association SEIA Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of the solar energy industry. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works 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.
American Solar Energy Society ASES Established in 1954, the American Solar Energy Society is the nation's leading association of solar professionals & advocates.

California Solar Energy Industries Association 

CalSEIA

California Solar Energy Industries Association supports the widespread adoption of solar thermal and photovoltaic systems by educating consumers, supporting solar legislation and conducting business in a professional and ethical manner.

Solar Action Alliance   Solar Action Alliance is a group of environmentalists who want to spread the word about the most clean, reliable, and abundant source of renewable energy: the sun.
Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association COSEIA Established in 1989, CoSEIA is the nonprofit association leading Colorado's solar industry. Our mission is to expand the use of solar technologies across Colorado. CoSEIA advances solar policy, removes market barriers, highlights emerging trends, and improves education and outreach.
Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association OSEIA The Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association is a trade association founded in 1981 to promote clean, renewable, solar technologies. OSEIA works with industry leaders, academic scholars, legislators, government, and non-profit agencies to advocate for solar technologies and raise awareness of its potential to help secure an affordable, reliable, and clean energy future.
Canadian Solar Industries Association CanSIA The Canadian Solar Industries Association was formed in 1978 to serve the interests of Canada's solar thermal industry, and was known as the CSIA. The Canadian Photovoltaic Industries Association (CPIA) was formed in 1989 to represent the interests of the new PV industry. Due to cutbacks of financial support from the federal government in the early 1990s the two associations, with common goals and utilizing the same energy source as the basis of their technologies, joined together in 1992 to promote the professional and practical use of solar technologies in Canada. CSIA merged with CPIA in 1992, and the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) has existed in this form since then.
Interstate Renewable Energy Council IREC For nearly three decades, IREC has worked with industry, government, educators and other stakeholders to ensure that the broader use of renewable energies is possible, safe, affordable and practical, particularly for the individual consumer.  Our successes are embedded in national energy policies and in updated utility and industry standards and best practices.  And our expert input continues to shape rules and regulations in more than 40 states.
North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners NABCEP The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a volunteer board of renewable energy stakeholder representatives that includes representatives of the solar industry, NABCEP certificants, renewable energy organizations, state policy makers, educational institutions, and the trades. Each member of the board was chosen because of his or her experience and involvement in the solar energy industry. NABCEP’s mission–to support, and work with, the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, professionals, and stakeholders–is intended to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners.
Solar America Board for Codes and Standards SolarABCs The Solar America Board for Codes and Standards (Solar ABCs) is a collaborative effort among experts to formally gather and prioritize input from the broad spectrum of solar photovoltaic stakeholders including policy makers, manufacturers, installers, and consumers resulting in coordinated recommendations to codes and standards making bodies for existing and new solar technologies. The U.S. Department of Energy funds Solar ABCs as part of its commitment to facilitate wide-spread adoption of safe, reliable, and cost-effective solar technologies.
U.S. Dept. of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy DOE The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) invests in clean energy technologies that strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and reduce dependence on foreign oil.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory NREL The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Photovoltaic (PV) research is focused on decreasing the nation's reliance on fossil-fuel generated electricity by lowering the cost of delivered electricity and improving the efficiency of PV modules and systems. NREL's PV research contributes to these goals through fundamental research, advanced materials and devices, and technology development.
SANDIA National Laboratories SANDIA The Photovoltaics and Grid Integration program at Sandia National Laboratories focuses on the development of cost-effective, reliable photovoltaic (PV) systems and the safe and efficient integration of those systems into the electrical grid.  Sandia teams with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), industry, academia, utilities, and other national labs to conduct research to evaluate and improve the performance and reliability of PV technologies and balance-of-systems components through testing, characterization, systems engineering, and modeling and analysis.  Sandia researchers help DOE, industry, and utilities advance PV technologies by providing technical assistance, accurate and objective performance measurements, component evaluation and improvement, field and lab-controlled system evaluations, and support for codes and standards.
Vote Solar Initiative VoteSolar The Vote Solar Initiative was founded after a successful effort to pass a San Francisco ballot initiative for solar on city-owned buildings in November, 2001. With the goal of building the economies of scale necessary to bring down solar’s costs, Vote Solar worked to replicate that grassroots policy success in cities and states around the country. As the solar industry matured, new challenges rose to the forefront, and Vote Solar has expanded its operations accordingly. The fact is, there are still serious regulatory roadblocks impeding solar adoption. Today Vote Solar works at the state, federal and local level to implement programs and policies that allow strong  solar markets to grow — and pave the way for a transition to a renewable energy economy.
Solar Foundation   The Solar Foundation (TSF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-lobbying organization founded in 1977 (under the name of Solar Energy Research and Education Foundation - SEREF) that strives to increase the widespread adoption of solar energy through educational outreach, policy research, and market transformation.
Go Solar California   The Go Solar California! campaign is a joint effort of the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission. The goal is to encourage Californians to install 3,000 megawatts of solar energy systems on homes and businesses by the end of 2016, making renewable energy an everyday reality. The program also has a goal to install 585 million therms of gas-displacing solar hot water systems by the end of 2017.
American Council On Renewable Energy ACORE ACORE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington D.C., was founded in 2001 to bring together leading proponents and innovators in all facets of  the renewable energy sector for the purpose of moving renewable energy into the mainstream of America’s economy.
Solar Electric Power Association SEPA The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is your unbiased non-profit resource for information about solar technologies, policies, and programs. SEPA focuses on working with electric utilities, but provides value to all businesses that have an interest in solar energy.
U.S. Green Building Council   The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.
Solar Energy International SEI For 20 over years, Solar Energy International has been dedicated to providing hands-on and online solar training and renewable energy education in wind, micro-hydro, sustainable building and developing world technologies.

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