The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is an educational non-profit dedicated to advancing utility integration of solar through collaborative solutions, objective information and shared benefits to the utility, its customers and the public good.


IRS Rules in Favor of Vermont Man Seeking Residential Credit for Community Solar Investment

September 02, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a private letter ruling in favor of a Vermont resident who purchased 10 solar panels, as part of a community solar farm, and submitted for a residential credit. 

Interior Department Approves 485-Megawatt Blythe Mesa Solar Project in California

August 24, 2015

The Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management has approved a new 485MW solar plant in Southern California, called the Blythe Mesa Solar Power Project. The project will generate enough renewable energy to power more than 145,000 homes in California.

Iowa Co-op Sets $85 Fixed Charge for Solar Customers

August 15, 2015

Pella Cooperative Electric instituted one of the nation’s highest standby charges for solar customers at $85 per month. Rates go into effect for new customers

Hawaii Regulator Approves 4 New Solar Projects

August 03, 2015

Hawaii PUC approved four new solar projects on Oahu that will supply 137.2 MW to Hawaiian Electric under 22-year PPAs. Three other projects were not approved. 

Annapolis Transforming Landfill Into Solar Farm

August 03, 2015

The City of Annapolis is moving forward with plans for Annapolis Solar Park that will host a 12-MW solar farm sited on 80 acres of brownfield land.' 

White House announces Clean Power Plan

August 03, 2015

The Final Clean Power Plan was released, establishing national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants and setting goals to expand the renewable energy market.

Terraform Global Issues $675 Million IPO

July 31, 2015

Terraform Global, a SunEdison subsidiary, issued its initial public offering of 45 million shares on the NASDAQ exchange at $15 per share. The firm expects to yield $675 million from the IPO. 

ConEdison Enters Rooftop Solar Business

July 28, 2015

ConEdison Solutions announced they will enter the New York residential solar market. They will provide customers with 20 year lease agreements, no upfront costs and more. 


Free Webinar Series: Exploring the Energy Future - Highlights from the 51st State, Part II

September 03, 2015

Estimated duration: 75 minutes

The 51st State - a hypothetical jurisdiction free from market restraints - provides a blank slate for stakeholders and leaders to explore and create the energy market of the future. This year universities, think tanks, and others submitted their concepts for the 51st State. This webinar series explore their visions for our future energy market.

11am Pacific/2pm Eastern

Distributed Energy Resources and the Grid

September 14, 2015

Anaheim, CA

This one-day workshop brings utility engineers and planners together with technology vendors, researchers, and manufacturers to explore the effective integration of distributed energy resources into the electric grid. Registration for this workshop is separate from SPI registration.

Solar Power International

September 14, 2015 - September 17, 2015

Anaheim, CA

The solar energy industry's most powerful, comprehensive educational conference and product exhibition. September 14–17, 2015 in Anaheim, CA.

SEPA Events at SPI

September 14, 2015

Anaheim, CA

SEPA cohosts Solar Power International and hosts several events in conjunction with the conference.

2015 SEPA Solar Power Players Awards Luncheon

September 15, 2015

Estimated duration: 1 hour

Join ​us ​to ​celebrate ​the ​winners ​of ​the ​2015 ​SEPA ​Solar ​Power ​Players ​Awards at Solar Power International! ​ ​

11:50am–12:50pm PT

The Emerging Market for Solar & Energy Storage - Exploring the Impacts

October 08, 2015

Estimated duration: 60 minutes

Join SEPA, Black & Veatch and the Energy Storage Association as we focus on energy storage and its impacts. Speakers will highlight the role of storage in future markets and findings from a recent report highlighting possible impacts to the California wholesale market as mandates continue to increase the integration of solar penetration and energy storage.

11am Pacific/2pm Eastern

VERGE 2015

October 26, 2015 - October 29, 2015

San Jose, CA

VERGE focuses on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions across sectors in a climate-constrained world. Save 10% on registration with our discount code V15SEPA here.

Fairmont Hotel


Solar and Energy Storage Impacts on Wholesale Power Markets

June 17, 2015

This white paper seeks to advance the discussion of the impact of high solar photovoltaic (PV) penetration on the California system and the potential role of energy storage from an economic (spot market pricing) perspective.

Utility Solar Market Snapshot

May 12, 2015

This year’s innovative infographic report format takes a fresh approach to presenting the 2014 solar market that combines significant data discovery with cutting edge takeaways.

Solar Mainstream - April 2015

APRIL 7, 2015

Critical Issues - Utilities, solar leasing and grind integration: Arizona's triple threat Solar Market Update - Merchant solar: Utility-scale without the PPAs Technology - Solar curtailment: inevitable or avoidable? Faces of Solar: City of Palo Alto Utilities: Going solar for a carbon-free future Industry Voices - The future of utilities: Finding 51 ways (at least) to transform the energy sector