Solar Power Boom-Boom-Booms



US solar capacity grew 400+% in the past four years. Rooftop solar installations have zoomed and with evolving home energy storage, some (includng utilities themselves) wonder if utilities will become obsolete; others counter that utilies can reposition themselves as energy traders and backup.


Credit Dennis Schroeder/NREL

And the US solar residential gold rush continues: SunPower reported another strong quarter and teamed with Google to bring $250 million into financing residential solar, as it expanded its market in Japan and China. Sun Power and Sungevity raised $42 and $70 million respetively, the latter announcing it can now deliver instant price quotes (no visits necessary).


Check it out here, right now!

Sounds good, but more financing tools are needed to open more solar panel projects to investment.

Meanwhile, the rush is fueling the US solar electronics market, expected to reach $300 Million in 2017. Electronics and installation continue to improve, making solar power ever cheaper.


California has passed the 100,000 solar roof mark, pushing the utility PG&E to call for a sustainable solar policy that will continue solar’s phenomenal growth. A Happy60th Birthday to the Modern Solar Cell – you’ve come a long way, baby…

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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