solar industry growth

A Solar Turnaround as Developer Conergy Goes From Bankrupt to Bullish

March 8, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Conergy's ascendance was occurring about the same time that China was orchestrating its move into modules and inverters, making that business less rewarding from both a money-making and an existential standpoint. Conergy fell on difficult times and filed for preliminary insolvency.[read more]

America Installed 22 Times More Solar in 2014 Than in 2008

January 25, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

American Solar Industry Growth

Since the 2008 mortgage crisis and Great Recession, two industries have fared better than most others: finance and energy. In terms of new investment activity and job creation, the solar industry has posted some of the best numbers in recent years.[read more]

Report: Solar Added 50% More American Jobs than Oil and Gas Drilling and Pipeline Construction in 2014

January 25, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Solar Job Growth

There's thrilling news out about job growth in the U.S. solar industry: Last year, the industry added more than 31,000 jobs, and solar jobs grew at rate of 21.8 percent, according to the new National Solar Jobs Census 2014, published by the Solar Foundation and George Washington University's GW Solar Institute.[read more]

Here's How the US Solar-Storage Market Reaches $1B in 3 Years

January 24, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Solar Storage Market Growth

GTM Research projects there will be a $1 billion United States market for battery-backed solar PV systems by 2018. But that growth will not come evenly, and which of the 40-plus contenders in the solar storage market will succeed remains an open question.[read more]

How the Electricity Industry is Blocking Solar Energy in Australia, Part 2

October 24, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Go to any hardware store, flea market or electronics clearance shop and you can buy a vast array of ultra cheap, horrendously poor quality loads. The utility attitude to these devices at a residential and even some commercial levels is simple – “Go son, go!”[read more]

Calibrating Solar Energy's Growth Potential

October 6, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

In the wake of last month's Climate Summit, Monday's report from the International IEA on "How solar energy could be the largest source of electricity by mid-century" ought to be welcome news. At the same time, it conflicts with perceptions that some countries are already farther along than that.[read more]

Will the World's Dominant Energy Source Be Solar? Only With Serious, Proactive Policy Support

October 4, 2014 by Alex Trembath

Solar and Subsidies

This week the International Energy Agency updated their technology roadmaps for solar photovoltaics and solar thermal energy. The bottom line is that significant policy and technological progress are required for solar to play a major role in electricity in the future.[read more]

Be Prepared - For a LOT More Solar by 2025

September 11, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

2025 may sound a ways off, but it’s only 11 years away. What will the world look like in 2025? Expect a lot more solar power. In fact, according to a report by Thomson Reuters, in 2025, solar energy will be the primary source of energy on our planet.[read more]

Worldwide Solar Market to Grow 75% by 2019 to Over 65 GW

September 9, 2014 by Brian Vieweger

Solar Market Growth

With prices continuing to drop, solar has been rapidly growing for the past several years. Reports have started to come out that agree that solar growth will be strong in the coming years. The solar industry is expected to grow at an annual rate of 8.3% worldwide.[read more]

Lighting the Way: New Report Finds State Policies Drive Solar Energy Growth

August 8, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The growth of solar power in the U.S. over the last decade has been simply mind-boggling. Since 2003, our country’s solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity has increased from a mere 97 megawatts to more than 12,000 megawatts at the end of 2013—a 120-fold increase.[read more]

Solar and Other Renewables Maintain Lead in U.S. Generating Capacity Installed

July 24, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

The latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” reports that renewable energy sources provided 55.7% of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity in the first half of 2014, with solar coming in at 1,131 MW. The trend is expected to continue, both in the U.S. and globally.[read more]

Solar Energy at Grid Parity in Utah, a Coal State With No RPS

June 24, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Utah and Solar Grid Parity

The Utah solar experiment is officially underway as the state races from near-zero solar to potentially bringing hundreds of megawatts of PV online. The Beehive State has great solar and land resources. However, the state does not yet have an RPS and burns cheap coal for the majority of its power.[read more]

Do These Multi-Gigawatt Solar Energy Projects Stand a Chance?

May 9, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Large Solar Sustainability

Are gargantuan PV projects the key to the solar industry's future? The global solar industry is volatile, but it grows significantly every year. It's quick to adapt to changing markets, tech, and trade obstacles. The prospect of solar becoming a 100-gigawatt-per-year market is not a matter of "if" but "when."[read more]

Notice: Gone (Solar) Fishing

May 1, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Solar Fishing

Although Australia’s demand for solar ebbs and flows with market conditions, the interest in Commercial solar continues to slowly but surely grow. Not only are Australian businesses being hit by rising electricity costs, recent announcements highlight that gas cost rises are about to take over.[read more]


Utility Scale Solar Energy: North Carolina's Emergent Success

February 27, 2014 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

North Carolina Solar

North Carolina politics are always lively, and often paradoxical. The General Assembly has made the news several times this year for enacting some of the most controversial conservative policies in the country. Conversely, for the first time in 32 years, it went blue in the 2008 presidential election.[read more]