Rhone Resch, President & CEO – Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)



Rhone Resch is the President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the solar energy industry in the United States. Representing an industry of over 5,000 companies and 100,000 employees, Rhone is the architect of the association’s strategic priorities designed to achieve a 10 GW annual market in the US by 2015, including all federal and state advocacy on behalf of the industry. In the last eight years as the President of SEIA, he created the 30% investment tax credit, the 1603 Treasury Program, and over 18 other provisions that have helped grow the industry from 52 MW/yr market in 2004 to nearly 2,000/yr MW today.
A self-proclaimed political junkie, Rhone has over 20 years of experience in the public and private sector working on clean energy development and climate change issues. In addition to serving as the Vice President for the Natural Gas Supply Association, Rhone also served as Program Manager at the EPA’s Climate Protection Division during the Clinton administration.


Rhone holds an MPA in Management from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, a Master of Environmental Engineering from SUNY Syracuse, and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. He lives in a Washington DC with his wife Lisa and two children in a solar powered house that provides 93% of their electricity.



“Now is the time for the U.S. and China to come together in a collaborative dialogue—not through the lens of any one particular trade dispute but in a broader context. As stated previously, disputes within one segment of the industry affect the entire solar supply chain—and these broad implications must be recognized. Today’s decision by the Chinese government underscores this point. We, therefore, repeat our call for the U.S. and Chinese governments to immediately work together towards a mutually satisfactory resolution of the growing trade conflict within the solar industry.”

– Rhone Resch, President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association, Washington, D.C.
Link to full statement.

About SEIA


Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA and its 1,000 member companies are building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. www.seia.org


SEIA represents all solar energy technologies and market segments including residential, commercial and utility-scale. We have a diverse membership comprised of U.S. and global companies across the entire supply-chain from manufacturers, project developers, financiers and installers. SEIA co-presents one of the largest trade shows in the world, Solar Power International (Orlando, Sept. 10-13), as well as several other vertical and regional industry meetings. With our partner, GTM Research, SEIA publishes the quarterly Solar Market Insight that reports, analyzes and forecasts growth of the U.S. solar energy market.


Rhone Resch Blog Posts


Consistent Policy Drives Energy Growth
National Journal, May 14, 2012

Knocking Down a Few Solar Energy Myths
Huffington Post, Dec. 13, 2011