Solar Power Keeps Surfing: Mapping the Solar Spread, and More!

SOLAR KEEPS SURFING

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Photo by Pete Cabrinha

The US solar installation industry continues to condense, with the top 10 installers comprising half of the US Residential PV market in early 2014.

More signs are emerging that cleantech is booming, and the Energy Information Administration (EIA) has just created US maps to show how clean energy is developing throughout the US.

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OO The solar power potential of the contiguous U.S. and the sites of most of the nation’s solar power generating facilities. The darker the shade of brown, the greater the solar power production potential of an area. Credit: EIA

Other new maps show how solar power is starting to take hold in parts of the US southwest, while microgrids are expanding, becoming cleaner, and commercial energy storage is becoming more viable in the US.

Meanwhile, SunPower, one of the rooftop solar installers, has begun adding energy storage capabilities to their installations in new homes.

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Credit Dennis Schroeder/NREL

In Arizona, solar companies are fighting back against the new rooftop solar tax.

In coal-producing Australia, solar power continues to expand, and US-based First Solar, a large solar manufacturer and project developer, predicts that utility-scale solar costs in Australia will halve over the next five years, becoming cheaper than wind energy by 2020.

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Renewable Energy Set To Skyrocket Globally. Global adoption of renewable energy shows no signs of slowing over the next 15 years, with nearly two-thirds of an expected $7.7 trillion in new investment going toward non-fossil power generation, according to new projections by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, reports Daniel Cusick at ClimateWire.

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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