Accomplishments

GSREIA is committed to advancing pro-renewable energy policy at the state and local level. From establishing relationships with regional utilities to intervening in statewide energy dockets, the association informs its membership of every issue facing the industry and acts as one voice. The industry’s importance is growing day by day; these are just a few of GSREIA’s recent accomplishments:


Policy

  • Block SB214 in 2015 La Legislative Session to move solar firms to LPSC
  • Pass Solar Licensing legislation to require competency testing of all solar firms
  • Build diverse team to engage MS legislators on Net Metering Policy
  • Intervention in LPSC Net Metering Docket R-31417 to extend NEM cap to 300kW+
  • Intervention in LPSC Net Metering Docket R-31417 to maintain the Commission’s NEM rules
Louisiana Department of Revenue
  • Regular engagement with LDR staff to clarify incentive rules and resolve potential conflicts
  • Advise LDR on solar taxation structures and regulatory language
City of New Orleans
  • Participation and policy leadership in Net Energy Metering docket UD-16-02
  • Advocate to open historic Vieux Carre and other neighborhoods to appropriate solar energy installations
  • Meet council members to promote progressive solar and renewable energy policy
  • Engage local regulators on proposed Integrated Resource Plans to include strong renewable energy components

Outreach

Expositions
  • Co-Host Louisiana Solar Workshop in partnership with DOE Sunshot, June 20, 2016
  • Presentation and Q&A with Mississippi Commercial Roofers Association, 2016
  • Co-Host Louisiana Energy Day 2011
  • Represent renewable energy industry at the Louisiana DEQ Green Business Expo in Baton Rouge
  • Organize consumer and press events for Solar Day: annually since 2011
  • Promote solar and renewable energy firms at Earth Day Baton Rouge and New Orleans: annually since 2011
Training
  • Regular Manufacturer training opportunities in commercial and residential solar: SMA, SolarEdge, Stion
  • Conduct training/informational seminar on solar PV practices with regional electrical inspectors union
  • Renewable Energy Presentation and Panelist provided for LSU Alternative Energy Expo
  • Renewable Energy Presentation and Panelist provided for MS Biomass and Renewable Energy Conference
Outreach
  • Regular industry gatherings and  newsletters to maintain industry awareness and interaction
  • Co-author grant applications for educational and pro-renewable policy funding with green building organizations
  • Create research and marketing internship programs for students and young professionals in renewable energy
  • Organize community solar benefit projects, including New Orleans 9th Ward Village Center

Industry Network

Networking Opportunities
  • Create regular networking opportunities for members, other professionals and consumers
  • Engage Solar Energy Industries Association to create tri-state chapter and provide state-level support
  • Establish relationship with SEIA chapters in Colorado, Oregon, and elsewhere to enhance resources and member benefits
Forging Relationships

  • Conduct industry self-policing to protect consumers from unsubstantiated sales claims and deficient workmanship
  • Co-manage solar PV performance review project for New Orleans with local utility and NREL
  • Engage utilities and NREL over Secondary Grid solar PV access issues

Research

  • Craft legislative support documentation reflecting current jobs growth and economic potential
  • Track net-metered solar PV installations throughout Louisiana