The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association has joined the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) as an official state affiliate.
The SEIA is the national trade association for the U.S. solar energy industry. According to the SEIA website, SEIA partnerships allow affiliates to use resources from their organization and SEIA to promote the growth of solar energy.
“AAEA is thrilled to join SEIA as a state affiliate. The benefits of solar energy in Arkansas cannot be understated, and opportunities abound across the state,” AAEA executive director Stephanie Osborne said in a statement. “Joining SEIA reaffirms the AAEA’s commitment to supporting advanced energy businesses at the local, state and federal level. We look forward to collaborating with SEIA and seeing what our joint efforts can bring.”
AAEA will become the 19th SEIA affiliate and is part of the organization’s growing Southeast presence.
Arkansas has multiple neighboring states that have SEIA affiliates, including Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. According to the SEIA website, the other states that have an affiliate are Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Puerto Rico also has an affiliate.
Currently, Arkansas has approximately 238 megawatts of installed electric generating capacity throughout the state. This places Arkansas at 33rd among U.S. states for solar power.
Founded in 1974, SEIA is aiming to convert 20 percent of U.S. electrical generation to solar by 2030. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, fossil fuels accounted for 62.7 percent of utility-scale electricity generation in 2019 – with natural gas accounting for the majority of that percentage. Renewable energy as a whole accounted for 17.5 percent of all electricity generation; solar energy generated 1.8 percent of electricity in 2019.