SEPA is an educational non-profit that enables the transition to a clean energy economy by facilitating utility integration and deployment of solar, demand response, other distributed energy resources, and supporting technologies onto the grid.


SEPA and ADS Join Forces

November 09, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid (ADS) announced today that they are joining forces and will now move forward as one organization under the SEPA banner.

SunEdison to Build 2.9-MW Solar Array for Bloomberg's NY Data Center

November 02, 2015

Solar firm signs PPA with Bloomberg for the delivery of a 2.9 MW solar system to offset 5% of the emissions from the company's Rockland County, New York-based data center; agreement will save more than $2 million.

Arizona Gears Up for Full Cost-Benefit Solar Value Proceeding

November 02, 2015

Arizona regulators just announced a giant step toward the end of their state’s more than two year war over net energy metering (NEM). 

The Nagging Divide When We Talk About Solar

October 29, 2015

In this new blog post, SEPA's own Bob Gibson reflects on the challenges different perspectives can present when discussing the future of solar. 

PG&E Leads the Nation with 200,000 Solar Customers

October 13, 2015

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced that it has connected 200,000 solar customers. That's one of every four rooftop solar households in the nation. PG&E connects solar customers to the grid fast, with an average of a five day turnaround compared to the industry average of four weeks. 

NREL Cutting 4% of Workforce Including Solar Research

October 07, 2015

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory laid off 15 solar energy researchers and spoke of future plans to reduce its staff by another 50 to 60 people via buyouts.

Court Ruling Requires California IOUs to Offer More TOU Rate Options to Customers

September 25, 2015

This Joint Assigned Commissioner’s and Administrative Law Judge’s Ruling (ACR or Ruling) directs each of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), and Southern California Edison Company (SCE) to prepare a menu of a minimum of three opt-in time-of-use (TOU) rate designs for piloting beginning in 2016. At least one of the opt-in TOU pilot rates for each utility must be a TOU option with a more complex combination of seasons and time periods than traditional TOU rates that better matches system needs, and must begin no later than October 1, 2016.

IRS Allows Community Solar Investor to Claim ITC

September 25, 2015

A Vermont man has been permitted by the Internal Revenue Service to claim the 30-percent federal ITC for his investment in a community solar program. The ruling was applicable only to this individual not all community solar subscribers broadly.

2015 Solar Power Player Award Winners Honored at SPI

September 15, 2015

The Solar Power Players Awards recognize compelling solar power advances in the electric utility industry.

Investor-Owned Utility: ConEdison
Public Power Utility: New York Power Authority
Electric Cooperative: Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. & The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina
Innovative Partner: Enphase Energy
Solar Champion: Carmine Tilghman


New Lessons from the Lone Star State

December 10, 2015

Estimated duration: 60 minutes

Join us for a webinar highlighting the key lessons learned from our recent fact finding mission to Texas and gain insight into the future of renewable energy and distributed energy resources (DER).

11am Pacific/2pm Eastern

Community Solar Program Design Trends

December 15, 2015

Estimated duration: 30 minutes

In this webinar brief, SEPA will provide an assessment of today's community solar landscape, and discuss some of the key findings we have discovered through recent research efforts, including our survey of programs and the Community Solar Program Designs work that has been conducted via the DOE's Solar Market Pathways Program.

11am Pacific/2pm Eastern

Solar Power Asset Management & Performance

January 21, 2016 - January 22, 2016

Newport Beach, CA

Solar Power Asset Management & Performance expands on key insights designed to increase performance and ROI while minimizing risk and financial loss. Coupled with education, the conference offers a productive networking environment with key industry leaders. This powerful balance creates an all-inclusive asset management and performance experience.

The Fairmont Newport Beach

Solar Power PV Conference & Expo

February 24, 2016 - February 25, 2016

Boston, MA

Solar Power PV Conference & Expo (formerly PV America) is all about PV solar solutions. With a regional focus, PV Conference & Expo brings together manufacturers and service providers with professionals interested in the technologies, innovations, research, and policy that is driving the PV industry today and into the future.

Westin Boston Waterfront

Utility Solar Conference

April 11, 2016 - April 14, 2016

Denver, CO

The Utility Solar Conference (USC) provides an exclusive forum for utilities to share their experiences, exchange ideas, and talk through various strategies and business models in an intimate environment free of outside influences.

Grand Hyatt Denver

National Town Meeting on Demand Response & Smart Grid

July 11, 2016 - July 13, 2016

Washington, DC

The National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid is the premier event in the US focused on the business and policy aspects of demand response and its enabling technologies and applications. It is unique in that it devotes an entire day to roundtable discussions featuring experts in demand response and smart grid, who discuss with each other and with the audience the latest trends, issues, and business developments.

Venue Coming Soon


Rolling Out Smart Inverters: Assessing Utility Strategies and Approaches

NOVEMBER 04, 2015

This members-only white paper, a collaboration between the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), explores leading-edge utility smart inverter adoption strategies. Log in to view the full report or read the public executive summary

Community Solar: Program Design Models
November 03, 2015

This free report aims to expand public understanding of the different community solar program design models that exist. This report breaks down community solar program design into 12 key decisions and discusses what options are most prevalent. Case studies of each model type are provided. Subscription rates, development times, and administrative costs of programs are also examined. 

Solar Fundamentals, Volume 2 – Markets
SEPTEMBER 19, 2015

This report serves as one component of a multi-part series of publications that the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) plans to produce throughout 2015. The purpose of this effort is to provide a broad introduction to several facets of the solar industry, including a discussion of different drivers influencing the U.S. solar market.

Solar Mainstream – September 2015

September 10, 2015

Critical Issues - Industry Voices: Electric Cooperatives, SEPA Utility Solar Top 10, Faces of Solar: Colorado's New PV Pipeline, Beyond Solar: Solar Smart Homes, Technology: Energy Storage, Sepa Insider: Utility Solar Database, A Co-op Trifecta: Using Solar to Build, Shift Demand and Cut Costs. 

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