The Agenda for Solar Thermal in SEIA

The solar thermal division of SEIA, the Solar Energy Industries Association in the USA, should be strengthened. This is the decision of a meeting of solar thermal stakeholders during the conference and exhibition Solar Power in San Diego in the middle of October. Representatives of the solar thermal industry as well as of the Solar Rating and Certification Cooperation (SRCC) discussed two different options. One was the proposal to establish a North American Solar Thermal Industry Federation (NASTIF) following the example of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF). The second option – the strengthening of the solar thermal division of SEIA – made the race. Those present were convinced that it would be best to join forces with SEIA because the resources of the sector are limited. “SEIA can be a strong vehicle for solar thermal”, Ole Pilgaards is convinced. The CEO of the Californian collector manufacturer and system supplier Heliodyne was one of the supporters of the NASTIF model. “After the Congress` decision to extend the federal tax credits by eight years, the umbrella association SEIA has more resources available,” says Pilgaards The NASTIF organising committee will work as a moderator, finding out about the different interests and opinions of the industry leaders as well as the SRCC body. “We want to develop a clear agenda for the solar thermal division of SEIA by the end of the year”, announced Pilgaards after the conference. All industry stakeholders are invited to participate – not only SEIA members. Further information: www.seia.org www.estif.org

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