The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Electricity Storage Association (ESA), an international trade association promoting the commercialization and deployment of energy storage systems, have announced a new partnership to promote the integration and installation of solar generation and energy storage systems in the U.S.
Under the new partnership, SEIA and ESA will collaborate on communications, public policy and events promoting solar energy and energy storage.
According to Chris Shelton, chairman of ESA, the partnership formalizes a relationship built on successful cooperation in the past. ‘Having worked together on the Energy Storage Investment Tax Credit that is gaining support in Congress, we are confident this partnership will help highlight the value proposition of energy storage for integrating renewables into our electricity system,’ he says.
For its part, SEIA regards the interests of the solar power and energy storage industries to be tied together in a common effort to improve the reliability, sustainability and cost-effectiveness of the power grid in the U.S.
‘Large-scale deployment of renewable energy is proving that we can achieve high levels of renewable generation without sacrificing reliability,’ says Arno Harris, CEO of Recurrent Energy and chairman of the SEIA board. ‘Focus on development of electricity storage will only further solidify solar in the mainstream energy mix.’