Today, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced that three multinational clean energy development companies are joining its board of directors. Accordingly, the association welcomed Origis Energy, EDP Renewables, and Carbon Solutions Group in a press release.
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The organization said this board of directors’ addition is part of its strategy to include energy storage and advocates for clean energy infrastructure federal policies. Moreover, the Company is looking forward to incentivizing job creation through this expansion.
Reception and support in SEIA
In this regard, Abigail Ross Hopper, president, and CEO of SEIA, said in a statement; “The solar industry is growing quickly, but not quick enough to meaningfully address the climate crisis. Also, to reach President Biden’s clean energy goals.”
Moreover, “these challenges also present an incredible opportunity to create lasting economic prosperity,” SEIA’s CEO continued. Therefore, “we are thrilled to welcome three new board members to our ranks as SEIA advocates for solar and storage policies.”
Particularly, these are elements “that will help rebuild our economy with hundreds of thousands of new Americans jobs,” Hopper concluded.
About the new board of director’s members
Regarding the new SEIA Board of Directors members, the association said in a media release that all three are focused on clean energy infrastructure development.
First, Origis Energy is a sustainable energy solutions provider with over 170 projects worldwide, totaling more than 4 gigawatts (GW) of developed solar and energy storage capacity. Moreover, the Company focuses on delivering clean and cost-effective solar and energy storage solutions to utility, commercial and industrial, and public sector clients.
“From coast to coast, a growing range of clients depend on our team to structure large scale and distributed solar and energy storage solutions; particularly, to meet their clean energy goals;” said Guy Vanderhaegen, chief executive officer & president of Origis Energy.
Indeed, “in the aftermath of the pandemic, these projects deliver a much-needed boost to America’s economic recovery,” continued Mr. Vanderhaegen. Therefore, “we applaud the efforts by SEIA to strengthen the solar industry, including the organization’s work toward a more diverse and trained workforce.”
Similarly, Origis CEO underlined the importance of creating more jobs to meet the nearly 1 million new workers’ demand to reach the U.S. clean energy goals. Accordingly, “we are all being called upon to break down silos. Also, to create innovative ways to bring new workers into our ranks,” he concluded.
About EDP Renewables North America and Carbon Solutions Group
Second, Houston-based EDP Renewables North America LLC focuses on developing, constructing, owning, and operating solar energy; onshore and offshore wind energy, and battery storage projects throughout North America.
Thus far, in North America, EDPR NA has developed more than 7,900 megawatts (MW). Besides, it operates more than 7,500 MW of renewable energy projects.
In this regard, Miguel Prado, CEO of EDPR NA, commented in a media release; “We are pleased to be stepping up our engagement with SEIA at this critical time.”
Lastly, San Diego-based Carbon Solutions Group is a Distributed Decarbonization Platform business. Particularly, it specializes in owning and operating distributed generation solar and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Indeed, “we are at a defining moment in the national and global effort to decarbonize the economy and tackle climate change;” said Dylan Debiasi, director of regulatory affairs at Carbon Solutions Group. Thus, “CSG is proud to join SEIA and lend its voice to this important coalition of advocates.”
Other actions towards reinforcing SEIA’s approach to energy storage
Also joining SEIA’s efforts towards energy storage, the association recently launched the Storage Advocacy Network. In fact, according to SEIA, this platform will serve as the “formal national and state advocacy voice for energy storage.”
As the association notes in a media release; “energy storage is indeed a critical part of the growing cleantech sector. Besides, it is increasingly at the center of clean energy infrastructure debates in Congress.”
Accordingly, “the addition of these three companies speaks to SEIA’s leadership across clean energy,” said the organization. Besides, it adds to its “ability to effectively advocate for solar and storage priorities on the Hill and in state capitols across the country.”