Will You Shout Out for Solar?

Did you know that the Solar Energy Industries Association, better known as SEIA, is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary this week?  According to Rhone Resch, on January 24, 1974, five people in Washington, DC got together in the basement of a hotel to discuss the possibility of setting up a solar association and that’s where SEIA was born.

Think of where the industry is now. Today, there are roughly 13 GW of installed solar capacity in the U.S. alone.  Solar costs have dropped dramatically in recent years and the industry is projecting a 30 percent growth in 2014.  Solar companies in America employ just under 120,000 people. Amazing.   

To celebrate 40 years of industry growth and achievements, this Friday, January 24th is National “Shout Out for Solar” Day where anyone who supports solar is being asked to use social media to voice support for solar.

What do you do?  It’s simple.  Go to this link and download signs that verbalize your solar support.  Then take a picture of yourself, your friend, your company, your dog or a group of people holding the sign and post it on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn or whatever social media avenue you prefer. Use the hashtag #GoSolar so it is searchable. 

RenewableEnergyWorld.com had some fun taking our photos. You can see them on this blog and we will post more later.  We’ve posted these on RenewableEnergyWorld.com’s Facebook page (you can post yours there, too!) and we’ll be tweeting them out on National Shout Out for Solar Day, this Friday.

Will you join us?  


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Jennifer Runyon
Jennifer Runyon has been studying and reporting about the world's transition to clean energy since 2007. As editor of the world's largest renewable energy publication, Renewable Energy World, she observed, interviewed experts about, and reported on major clean energy milestones including Germany's explosive growth of solar PV, the formation and development of the U.S. onshore wind industry, the U.K. offshore wind boom, China's solar manufacturing dominance, the rise of energy storage, the changing landscape for utilities and grid operators and much, much, more. You can reach her at Jennifer.Runyon@ClarionEvents.com Today, in addition to managing content on Renewable Energy World and POWERGRID International, she also serves as the conference advisory committee chair for DISTRIBUTECH, a globally recognized conference and expo for the transmission and distribution industry. In her role, she works in close cooperation with a large team of committed industry executives to shape the educational content for the event. She also helps assemble the renewable energy content for POWERGEN and helped launch the first Grid-Scale Storage Summit, a co-located event at HYDROVISION International. She has traveled to Germany to see onshore and offshore wind installations; Iceland to see geothermal energy in action; and France to see cutting-edge smart grids. In the U.S. she has visited and reported about bioenergy power plants in Florida, both large-scale and small-scale hydropower; and multiple wind farms, solar PV, and CSP installations. Formerly, she was the managing editor of Innovate Forum, an online publication that focused on innovation in manufacturing. Prior to that she was the managing editor at Desktop Engineering magazine. In 2008, she won an "Eddy Award" for her editing work on an article about solar trees in Vienna. In 2010, RenewableEnergyWorld.com was awarded an American Business Media Neal Award for its eNewsletters, which were created under her direction. She holds a Master's Degree in English Education from Boston University and a BA in English from the University of Virginia.

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