The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), a national trade organization, has officially merged with the Solar Alliance, an advocacy organization. Effective immediately, the Solar Alliance will operate under the SEIA brand in an effort to present a unified solar industry voice in all advocacy efforts at the state level, according to the groups.
Carrie Cullen Hitt, president of the Solar Alliance, is now vice president for state affairs at SEIA, and the Solar Alliance team joins Hitt as part of SEIA's new department for state affairs.
Additionally, SEIA has established more formalized, collaborative relationships with nearly a dozen state and regional SEIA chapters to coordinate efforts. While the state and regional SEIA chapters remain wholly independent entities, this partnership brings additional resources and coordination on efforts that align with SEIA's policy goals in the states.
Current SEIA staff and resources dedicated to federal legislative and regulatory work will continue at the same level to direct policy efforts in Washington.