Chart: 2/3rds of Global Solar PV Has Been Installed in the Last 2.5 Years
And capacity will nearly double in the next 2.5 years.
By Stephen Lacey 08/16/2013
SOURCE: GTM Research
By David Field, OneRoof Energy CEO and Founder
The demand for solar in the U.S. has nearly doubled over the past few years, bringing significant opportunity for solar installation providers along with challenges that such rapid growth inevitably brings. Now the solar industry must collectively take advantage of this momentum by advocating for a streamlined and more efficient solar permitting practices and working with local governments to establish a permitting standard that will increase efficiencies and help installers manage costs amid this growth.
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March 28 -- A solar-powered plane that has wowed aviation fans in Europe is preparing to fly across North America. The Swiss creators of the Solar Impulse are announcing Thursday which U.S. cities the experimental plane will visit during its ‘‘Across America’’ tour that kicks off in May. >>View Article
March 22 -- Apple Inc now runs its largest U.S. data center entirely on renewable energy, with a majority of the power generated on-site from solar panels and fuel cells, the company's chief financial officer, Peter Oppenheimer, said on Thursday. >>View Article