The Solar Energy Industry is not happy about its predicament in the United States.
This week, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) hosted an “Energy Week” event in New York City, with industry executives from across the country, to discuss the state of the industry and to try to figure out how they can help solve the issue.
The event focused on the state’s energy storage sector, which is in a tough spot, with both big players like SolarCity and the smaller players like SunEdison struggling to keep up with demand and the competition from smaller companies.
SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive, who attended the event, told reporters that his company is working hard to make the best case for its solar projects, but there’s no reason that they can’t make the case for the future of energy storage.
“The industry is at a point in time where we’re really at a crossroads,” Rive said.
“We’re going to have to figure it out in a very, very, complicated way.”
Rive noted that the market for storage in the US is “very competitive” and that it will be up to the solar industry to figure how to respond.
“I can’t say that the industry is not trying to do its best to be part of the solution, but I can say that this is a very competitive market.
So, I think it’s going to be up and down, and it’s certainly going to take some time to figure that out,” he said.
In other words, solar energy is a problem, but not one that will go away.
“If you look at what happened in Europe, they’re having a lot of trouble getting their markets, but they’re still able to have large markets and they’re able to invest in things like solar.
So we’re at a very important crossroads in the energy storage market,” Riving said.
Rive also noted that there’s a lot more work that needs to be done to improve the way the solar market works.
“As we go forward, I know we’re going be looking at different things,” he explained.
“There’s going have to be a concerted effort from the solar energy industry, the energy industry and the storage industry to address some of these issues that we’re seeing.”
As for how the industry can help alleviate the problem, Rive highlighted the fact that there are a lot “of different technologies out there that have to work together.”
For example, there’s still a lot to be learned about how to use batteries to store energy and how to integrate them into solar arrays.
He also noted the fact there are “some technologies that are very difficult to implement, because they require very specialized knowledge.”
“There are lots of people out there working on these issues, and we’re not there yet,” Rives said.
And while there are plenty of “smart meters” out there, they can only measure energy consumption.
“It’s going be very hard to get smart meters into the market, and if you don’t know how to get them into the marketplace, it’s not going to work.
So there’s lots of really important questions that need to be answered.”
In other news, SolarCity is announcing it will pay up to $10 million to help support solar workers and their families during the transition to solar.
The company said it will give $100,000 to solar workers who lose their jobs during the “sunshine” transition, but will only give up to a third of that money to families.
It said it would donate the rest of the money to organizations that work to protect workers.
The transition to renewable energy is an ambitious one, and many of the changes needed to make it happen are still being made.
“One of the things that’s really exciting about the transition is that it’s already started to happen,” Rively said.
Solar panels will be a key part of that transition.
In the future, the company plans to build a 1,000-megawatt solar plant on the shore of Cape Cod that will be able to provide energy to the entire island for about a year.
And solar energy has been steadily expanding, with new installations expected to continue increasing.
“Solar is really here to stay,” Riles said.
“[Solar energy] is going to grow as a percent of the overall energy mix, and solar is a great way to generate a lot less energy.”
Solar energy is already an industry that’s making major strides in many areas, and the fact the US still has a major manufacturing sector makes it a big challenge for the industry to catch up.
In an attempt to help ease the transition, Solar Energy Companies of America has started a new program called the Solar Investment Fund (SIF).
The SIF will offer $1 million to companies and their employees that will help them transition to new jobs and to create new jobs.
The SIFF will also provide grants for companies that are already doing some of the same things Rive mentioned, such as creating