2 Charts Show Solar’s Jump to Top Spot for New U.S. Power Generation

Date: 16 Oct 2014 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Want proof that distributed solar is rapidly growing?  Look no further than these two charts, showing how solar provided over a quarter of new power plant capacity in 2013 (6% from residential solar alone!) and 43% in the first half of … Read More

The Solar Opportunity

Date: 18 Jun 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The coming of solar grid parity offers an opportunity for millions of Americans to go solar affordably. But it also means a potential transformation, a democratization of an electricity system long dominated by centrally-controlled utilities and centralized ownership and production … Read More

Solar Costs and Grid Prices On a Collision Course

Date: 4 Apr 2013 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

With the cost of solar continuing to fall rapidly (50% in the past five years) and electricity prices rising steadily, if slowly, the approach of solar grid parity is near. The following chart illustrates the trajectory of solar cost and … Read More

Is Your Utility Ready? New Report Says Local Solar Could Power 10% of Country in 10 Years

Date: 2 Jan 2013 | posted in: Energy, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Minneapolis, MN —Within a decade, more than 35 million buildings may be generating their own solar electricity (without subsidies) at prices lower than their utility offers, sufficient to power almost 10% of the country.

That’s the powerful headline from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s latest report, Commercial Rooftop Revolution. Despite the opportunity, utilities, regulators, and policy markers are largely unprepared for the surge of local solar power.

Read the report, view the interactive map, and more

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Report: Commercial Rooftop Revolution

Date: 4 Dec 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Although only 0.1% of electricity is generated by solar power in 2012; within a decade, 300,000 MW of unsubsidized solar power will be at parity with retail electricity prices in most of the United States and more than 35 million buildings may be generating their own solar electricity sufficient to power almost 10% of the country.… Read More

Treasury Dept. Fingers Solarcity in Exploration of the Dark Underbelly of Solar Leasing

Date: 10 Oct 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 6 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new government investigation of Solarcity on the eve of its initial public offering (IPO) may explain how solar leasing is fleecing federal taxpayers and making U.S. residential solar more expensive than in other countries. The Treasury Department inspector general … Read More

Why Are Residential PV Prices in Germany So Much Lower Than in the United States?

Date: 20 Sep 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 5 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Earlier this week, Lawrence Berkeley Labs released a marvelous comparison of residential PV costs in Germany and the United States, finally putting some detail to an enormous gulf in costs (nearly $3.00 per Watt).  The following chart (from page 35 … Read More

Why We Pay Double for Solar in America (But Won’t Forever)

Date: 10 Jul 2012 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 7 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Update 12/21/12: Corrected chart.  Overhead and Sales Tax had been switched in the German data column. I often get flak when I publish research on the cost trajectory for solar (e.g. my Rooftop Revolution report estimates 100 million Americans reaching … Read More

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