Green Jobs & Business Opportunities
Trade Associations in Weatherization & Energy Efficiency
Solar Energy Industries Association
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the leading national trade association for the solar energy industry consultants, contractors and installers.
Energy efficiency consultants will tell you thre are four key ways to harness solar energy:
photovoltaics (converting light to electricity),
heating and cooling systems (solar thermal),
concentrating solar power (utility scale),
Active solar energy systems employ devices that convert the sun's heat or light to another form of energy we use.
Passive solar refers to special siting, design or building materials that take advantage of the sun's position and availability to provide direct heating or lighting. Passive solar also considers the need for shading devices to protect buildings from excessive heat from the sun.
Trade associations are nonprofit organizations designed to assist businesses and other stakeholders with research, commmercialization and industry networking through communications, advocacy and industry development activies -- such as grant programs, scholarships, education conferences, and online presence.
Trade associations can provide companies -- especially small green technology companies -- with many business development services they cannot afford to conduct themselves. They are a conduit between government and industry and between industry and customer groups.
Solar Industry Trade Association
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the leading national trade association for the solar energy industry. The SEIA works to expand markets, strengthen research and development, remove market barriers and improve education and outreach for solar energy professionals.
Located in Washington, D.C., SEIA was founded in 1974. SEIA works with Congress to craft progressive federal policy that stimulates the solar energy market to scale up and become competitive with non-renewable energy sources currently dominating the marketplace.
SEIA's Meetings and Events division raises awareness of solar through select high-quality industry events including the annual Solar Power Conference. SEIA-sponsored events bring together industry leaders, innovators, policy-makers, media and the public to showcase the incredible advances in solar technology and the solar industry.
Energy Efficiency Trade Association Membership
SEIA Membership promotes the benefits of membership to prospects, manages the member database and key member benefits like discounts on job postings.
Energy Efficiency Consultants
Memberships include solar energy manufacturer, distributor, contractor, installer, project developer, and consultant as well as other industries impacted by the U.S. solar energy market.
Trade association membership can provide small business executives and consultants, contractors and developers with critical information, advocacy, education, and networking opportunities can help grow your business for long-term participation in the solar industry.
Edited by Carolyn Allen, Managing Editor of Solutions For Green