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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]

China Confirms 14 Gigawatts of Solar Energy Incentives for 2014

February 19, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

China will be the number one solar market again in 2014 if it meets its recently announced goals. China's National Energy Administration has set a 2014 goal of incentivizing 14 gigawatts of domestic solar capacity, 6 gigawatts aimed at utility scale and 8 gigawatts aimed at distributed generation.[read more]

5 Facts You Should Know About America's Solar Jobs Market

February 1, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Solar Energy Jobs

The Solar Foundation released top-level findings of its latest solar jobs census, finding that there are 146,698 jobs throughout the industry. That's a 20 percent increase since 2012 -- a jump driven both by growth in installations and new categories for academic and research jobs.[read more]

China's Solar Market Beat All Expectations For 2013

February 1, 2014 by Joshua Hill

Despite predictions all through 2013 suggesting that Japan would walk away the dominant solar PV market, Bloomberg New Energy Finance has revealed that China “outstripped even the most optimistic forecasts” to install a record 12 GW of photovoltaic projects in 2013.[read more]

The Solar Energy Industry at a Crossroads: Predictions of 2013 Reviewed

January 31, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Solar Industry Predictions

It is in now way easy to accurately predict the future, and that’s especially true of the highly volatile solar energy industry -- and industry that is often compared to an infant. And like an infant, the industry is still experiencing some growing pains.[read more]

China May Have Deployed More Solar in 2013 Alone Than America Has Installed Altogether

January 29, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

China and Solar Deployment

China has the fastest train in the world, the most megacities in the world, and the biggest population. Now China can boast a new record: It has installed the most solar PV in one year. Preliminary figures show that China installed 12,000 megawatts of solar in 2013.[read more]

The Budding Latin America Solar Market: 5 Key Takeaways

January 27, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Latin America and Solar Energy

Latin America is about to find out whether unsubsidized solar can be an economic market reality. You don't need incentives for solar. Any market can grow as long as there is a transparent regulatory process -- along with high tariffs and high DNI.[read more]

US New Solar PV Installations Reach Record 4.2 GW

January 11, 2014 by Joshua Hill

NPD Solarbuzz have released their first news of the new year, unexpectedly looking back at the year just gone. According to the NPD analysts, the new solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in the United States throughout 2013 reached a record 4.2 GW.[read more]