The California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) is now the California Solar & Storage Association (CALSSA).
After 40 years, the organization will do business under this new moniker to reflect marketplace changes, as well as a decades-long partnership with energy storage and energy management devices, which go hand-in-hand with solar PV and thermal technologies, the group explains.
“We are very excited to capture the rising importance of energy storage, as well as pave the way for the integration of a whole suite of new energy management tools,” says Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the association. “Making the sun shine at night and providing Californians with even more options for saving money and managing energy is what we’ve always been about.”
The headquarters will remain in Sacramento, just a few blocks from the state capitol. The organization also has offices in the Bay Area, as well as six chapters that gather quarterly throughout the state.
The group’s mission, board of directors, chapter leadership, staff and membership will remain the same. The association notes it recently surpassed a 500-member mark.
“The California solar industry has been installing storage devices for decades,” comments Ed Murray, board president and president of Aztec Solar, a contracting business since 1980. “This is both a nod to our past, as well as a response to our bullish outlook on the future growth of solar and energy storage in California.”
“Pairing solar and storage is here and now,” adds Del Chiaro. “Our expanded name catches up with reality and catapults us into an exciting new clean energy future.”