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American Solar Power Broke Records Last Year


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JL
- 629 days ago - thinkprogress.org
According to a new report, America broke records in terms of installed solar capacity last year, jumping to 11 percent of total global installations. [Greentech Media]



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JL A. (276)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 3:40 pm
March 14 News: American Solar Power Broke Records Last Year

By Ryan Koronowski on Mar 14, 2013 at 9:49 am

According to a new report, America broke records in terms of installed solar capacity last year, jumping to 11 percent of total global installations. [Greentech Media]

It may not compare to the German solar market. But the U.S. is definitely becoming a major force globally when it comes to new installations.

According to the 2012 Solar Market Insight report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, America installed 3,313 megawatts of solar capacity last year — accounting for 11 percent of total global installations. That’s up from 7 percent in 2011.

“From 2004 until 2010, America’s global share had been stuck in a tight band. The U.S. significantly broke that in 2012,” said Shayle Kann, vice president at GTM Research. “Our forecasts put us at 13 percent in 2013.”
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 3:59 pm

What good news this is, and to think we did this without PG&E owning the rights to the sun. We need more help to convert all homes and regulations that all new buildings be solar. Let's keep it up.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (113)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 4:26 pm
noted, thanks!
 

JL A. (276)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 4:31 pm
You are welcome Roger! You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.
 

Angelika R. (144)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 6:14 pm
CA based "First solar" can definitely NOT jump on that train and be happy, they had expanded here in Frankfurt /O. with a huge plant for over 1000 jobs and recently had to close down, due to the reasons I mentioned in previous post /thread. But I am pleased to read your US record there, -yep, KEEP IT UP, make it BIG !
I think here on C2 noone is more engaged in Solar energy than Ruth Rogers! she knows it all and keeps encouraging folks. Thx JL
 

JL A. (276)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 6:15 pm
You are welcome Angelika.You cannot currently send a star to Angelika because you have done so within the last day.
 

Mitchell D. (132)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 6:15 pm
Sounds promising. Imagine what it might have been like, if Saint Reagan, rather than dismantling the solar panels Pres. Carter had put on the White House, had worked to popularize the technology back in the '80's?
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 8:04 pm
Great news J L. And I like the fact that it starting to move more quickly. If we keep up with the growth we could easily be at 20% by 2015. I hope.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Monday April 1, 2013, 6:18 am
We need to have more records like this brole!
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Monday April 1, 2013, 7:20 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Monday April 1, 2013, 7:30 am
I love solar out of all the alternative energy solutions available to us at this time. The problems I see however are that it still requires water for cleaning; storage capacity needs to be increased; large plots of the environment need to be dedicated to the solar facility in order to power a city.
Solar needs to be coupled with nano. Once that occurs I think we will see smaller, more efficient facilities with greater generating power and storage capacity. Nano is where America shines.
 

JL A. (276)
Monday April 1, 2013, 8:12 am
You are welcome Kerrie.
In many areas of the US, when the sun isn't shining it is windy so a combination feeding the grid makes sense, too.
You cannot currently send a star to Michael because you have done so within the last day.
 

Christeen Anderson (549)
Monday April 1, 2013, 12:42 pm
This is good to know. Thank you.
 

JL A. (276)
Monday April 1, 2013, 12:56 pm
You are welcome Christeen.
 

Lynn C. (94)
Monday April 1, 2013, 12:56 pm
Thanks
 

Dave C. (227)
Monday April 1, 2013, 12:56 pm
good news....needs to keep growing and replacing the poison energy sources.....
 

JL A. (276)
Monday April 1, 2013, 1:22 pm
You are welcome Lynn.
 

Birgit W. (152)
Monday April 1, 2013, 2:29 pm
Solar energy is our future.
 

JL A. (276)
Monday April 1, 2013, 3:14 pm
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Debra Van Way (12)
Monday April 1, 2013, 4:31 pm
The costs are coming down and they are improving all the time in the amount of power generated-now if they can solve the storage problems/environmental impact of batteries-it will be awesome. I saw a t-shirt the other day that was perfect. It had a bright yellow sun on the front and the statement "What happens when you have a solar energy spill? A pretty day." Bet Arkansas wishes that was the kind of spill they had.
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Monday April 1, 2013, 4:48 pm
I hope this is the result of proliferation of NASA tech into the photovoltaic cell market, and not some further expansion into unaffordable government subsidies like Solyndra.
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Monday April 1, 2013, 4:49 pm
BTW the storage problem already has a solution: non-toxic nickel-iron batteries.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday April 1, 2013, 5:09 pm
Thats great news
 

JL A. (276)
Monday April 1, 2013, 5:11 pm
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Jude Hand (59)
Monday April 1, 2013, 6:25 pm
Noted.Now will Florida "The Sunshine State" please get with it?!
 

Michael O. (175)
Monday April 1, 2013, 7:35 pm
Wind, solar, geothermal, tidal - all of these energy sources are the way to go. The more installed capacity, the better. Thanks for sharing this, JL!
 

Alice C. (1797)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 5:50 am
Thanks for the good news : )
 

Maria A. (12)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 7:14 am
Would like to go solar. Cost prohibitive. But at least the US is inching along.
 

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 2:58 pm
Very good news. Noted.
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 1:43 pm
Cool!!
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 2:39 pm
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Klaus Peters (13)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 9:28 am
I think big coal would feel very uneasy about this and will do its best to prevent Solar and Wind power installations to combat pollution. Like Monsanto they will buy the politicians.
It is not as rosy a rosy picture!.
We have the same in Australia, incentive benefits are falling to next to nothing.
Big coal power companies are the winners and are cashing in on my solar panels, great, I paid for them. Our electricity prices are sky rocketing, our payback on Solar power is stagnant and I am loosing. I will never recover my investment on the long term! I am so glad we are having elections soon!!! We will teach our politicians a lesson and there are many of us, who thought we were doing the right thing to go green! We were absolutely cheated!!!
THE WINNERS ARE: Big coal, their billing companies, the government and the rich who don’t Give a damn, because they own the shares.
 
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