Solar News: China Out Competes US, Going Off-grid in Hawaii, and More!



Sunny solar power nuggets in the US this week include a personal story of going off-grid solar for a small hideaway in Hawaii, how solar is catching on in Jacksonville, Florida, and how Minnesota utilities are starting to invest in it.

Nationally, the US solar carport market is poised for a record year and continued growth – here’s to more solar powered cars!

Credit Dennis Schroeder/NREL

Meanwhile, residential solar with battery storage could be as cheap as standard grid power soon in Germany – as soon as the battery life triples, which should be achievable, say analysts. Other analysts, such as the Rocky Mountain Institute, say the US could be in the same position in as little as 4 to 6 years.


But China has outcompeted the US, Germany and the rest of the world in solar dominance by installing the most solar capacity, 12 gigaWatts, in 2013, according to the 2014 Global Renewable Energy Report.


Check it out here, right now!

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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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