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The One Chart That Shows Why 2014 Was a Breakthrough Year for Utility-Scale Solar in America

December 16, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Solar's Breakthrough Year?

Over the next two years, America will build 13 gigawatts of utility-scale solar PV plants. Those projects will surpass the country's cumulative solar capacity across all sectors reached at the end of 2013. Why such a big surge in utility-scale solar after a brief slowdown in the project pipeline? The answer is price.[read more]

BLM Rejects a Poorly Sited Solar Project in the California Desert: A Good Move for Smart from the Start Planning

December 1, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Recently, the Bureau of Land Management in California denied an application for a large scale solar project in the Mojave Desert’s Silurian Valley, a decision that aids in the protection of thousands of acres of desert lands that conservationists, local residents and community leaders have been focused on for years.[read more]

Abandoned Solar Energy Project Highlights Pitfalls of Tax Uncertainty

October 20, 2014 by Tom Carlson
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Solar and Tax Risk

In the latest evidence of the need for stable federal tax policy, a major solar project in California was abandoned in part due to uncertainty around whether the project would be placed in service in time to qualify for the investment tax credit, which expires at the end of 2016.[read more]

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

May 9, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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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]