TRENTON, NJ— The New Jersey solar market hit a new milestone this week when it eclipsed the 1 gigawatt (GW) mark for total installed solar electric capacity. This is enough solar electricity to power 139,000 homes.
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Solar panel installations in the U.S. grew 76 percent in 2012 as the cost of panels and the surrounding equipment continued to fall, according to an annual report by a solar trade group.
U.S. solar panel installations grew 76 percent in 2012 to 3.3 gigawatts, representing a tenth of the global market, led by large-scale projects in the desert southwest, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Partly driven by an oversupply of cheaper panels from China, the domestic solar market had its best year in 2012, with the growth in installations outpacing that of the global market, according to an annual report to be released Thursday.
U.S. Solar Market Grows 76% in 2012; Now an Increasingly-Competitive Energy Source for Millions of Americans Today
Added Record 3.3 Gigawatts of Capacity, Enough New Capacity to Power More Than 500,000 Homes
A nearly 50-MW solar project in Ohio on a reclaimed strip mine has no significant environmental impact, according to a ruling issued in the Federal Register.
Governor Deval Patrick on Wednesday visited the Westford Solar Park to officially flip the switch on the state's largest privately owned solar facility.
Naked Energy, a British company, has made a name for itself by developing a tubular hybrid solar panel that can do twice the work of a traditional flat photovoltaic panel.
As part of its SunShot Initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a new funding solicitation focused on improving the accuracy of solar forecasting. The agency will give out up to $9 million over three years.
Installing solar power at their Shelter Island, N.Y., Ace Hardware store seemed like the right thing to do for the planet, say owners David Gurney and Meredith Page. But now that the brother-and-sister ownership team have the system, they're finding that it's also good for their wallets.