Today, Jan. 24, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) launched the national “Shout Out For Solar Day” and the accompanying America Supports Solar social media campaign. To celebrate the day, SEIA is encouraging solar supporters to take pictures of themselves with a solar supporter sign and post it to social media, like Facebook and Twitter.
“This is a banner day for solar energy in America,” said Rhone Resch, SEIA president and CEO. “Today’s events, including the launch of our America Supports Solar website, captures that excitement in a big way. In recent years, our industry has created tens of thousands of new American jobs, pumped billions of dollars into the U.S. economy and helped to reduce pollution. We’re a true American success story.”
“Shout Out for Solar Day has come at a critical moment for the United States,” said Jim Walker, The Climate GroupInternational Programmes and Strategy Director. “Solar energy is one of the fastest growing industries in America, where the share of global solar installations hit 13 percent in 2013, a 30-year high that will continue to boost the U.S. economy and create jobs.” He added, “The technology is ready, the market is ready, now we just need to spread #GoSolar with a mass audience to accelerate adoption of this low carbon energy and help secure a cleaner, better, more prosperous future for America.”
The national solar advocacy organization launched the new campaign to raise awareness of solar power’s opportunity on the eve of its 40th anniversary. Since SEIA launched there’s been enough solar electricity installed in the U.S. to power 2 million homes, including the White House—which finally reinstalled solar on its rooftop last year. Solar has been on a meteoric rise over the past few years, too. “In 2006, there were less than 600 megawatts of grid-connected solar in the United States. Right now, there’s an estimated 13,000 megawatts,” said SEIA President Rhone Resch.
SEIA also observed that many of the nation’s favorite companies and brands are quickly adopting solar power, among them Apple, Costco, Kohl’s, IKEA, Walgreens and Walmart. In fact, “When all of the figures are in for 2013, solar—for the first time since the late 1980’s—is expected to account for more new electric capacity in the U.S. than any other source of renewable energy.”Tweet