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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
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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
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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
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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
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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]

Wall Street Suddenly Loves Solar, Just In Time For New Solar Cell Efficiency Breakthrough

January 7, 2014 by Tina Casey
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Wall Street and Solar

Over the weekend, the New York Times noted that the solar power “craze” is partly responsible for Wall Street’s recent good times. The Times used the example of solar giant SolarCity, but this could just be starters for the US solar industry.[read more]

World Bank Foresees Potential For 20 GW Indian Solar Energy Future

December 22, 2013 by Joshua Hill
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Indian Solar Future

India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, launched in 2010, is poised to make India a global leader in the development of solar power. Aiming to install 20 GW of solar power by the yer 2020, India has grown from an installed solar capacity of only 30 MW in 2010 to 2,000 MW in 2013.[read more]

The Most Important Solar Energy Statistics of 2013

December 20, 2013 by Stephen Lacey
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This year was the first time someone could use the words "solar" and "mainstream" in the same sentence and be taken seriously. And while it's still too early to call solar PV a truly mainstream energy technology, it's certainly getting close.[read more]