SEIA Timeline

Through advocacy and education, SEIA is working to build a strong solar industry to power America.

SEIA launches

Five industry members meet in the noisy basement of the DC Hilton Hotel to establish a national trade association for the solar industry.

Carter installs solar

Carter installs solar panels on the White House roof.

National Energy Plan

The Carter Administration's National Energy Plan sets goal for America to run on 20% solar by 2000.

Largest solar power system installed

Nine SEGS (Solar Energy Generating Systems) installed in Mojave Desert, becoming the largest solar installation in the world.

Bush signs Energy Policy Act

The Bush Administration's Energy Policy Act created new 30% ITC (investment tax credit) for commercial and residential solar systems, a huge boon for SEIA and solar.

Solar Industry Grows

The Solar Industry marked the fastest growing industry in America, employing over 100,000 solar workers in the U.S., working at 5,600 businesses across the nation.

ITC extended

Emergency Economic Stabilization Act includes eight-year extension of the commercial and residential ITC.

SEIA represents 1,100 national members

Reagan removes panels

Reagan Administration removes solar panels from White House roof for cleaning. Solar would not return to the White House grounds until President George W. Bush's Admnistration, when a solar water heating system was installed on a maintenance building in 2002.

White House Goes Solar

Solar returns to the White House for the first time since 1986!

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