The Climate Group and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announce their partnership to create a campaign through Facebook to accelerate the rate of US residential solar adoption. The main component of the campaign is a web app where solar owners can access a badge to display their solar ownership on Facebook. In return, they permit us to us to include their Facebook profile in our solar owner database to share with people interested in solar power.
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This infographic ranks the Top 10 Solar States based on solar capacity installed in 2013. It also includes the number of megawatts installed per state, number of houses powered per megawatt of solar added, and fun factoids for each state. We also show the rankings "remixed" based on number of solar jobs added in 2013, cumulative solar capacity, price decline, and percentage of new electricity generation from solar.
Solar has seen a 70% compound annual growth since 2010, with over 4GW installed in 2013. Indeed, preliminary numbers indicate that approximately 28% of all new US generation capacity installed in 2013 was from solar. Despite this growth, solar generation is still a small part of the overall generation mix. This holds true even for the states with the highest solar penetration.
As distributed generation (DG) solar energy systems continue to become more accessible and affordable, increased adoption of these grid-energy reducing technologies is likely. SEIA proposes the following principles as a foundation for designing rates that properly value and enable a high penetration of DG, while recognizing the interests of utility shareholders and non-generating customers in a system with just and reasonable rates. Overall, SEIA asserts that these principles are consistent with the imperative of public utility commissions and energy service providers to maintain reliable, cost-effective service to all customers while protecting the right of customers to generate their own energy in a manner that provides many public benefits including environmental protection and economic development.
According to the SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight Q3 2013 report there were 930 MW of solar PV installed in the third quarter of 2013, which means there is now 10,250 MW of solar energy in the U.S.
The following infographic illustrates the development timeline for a utility scale installation stretching from the planning and acquisition phase to placing the project in service.
Utility-Scale Solar Manufacturing: A Coast-to-Coast Supply Chain
Solar Means Business: The Top 10 Brands that have #gonesolar!
Current energy dialogue in the U.S. is centered on the solutions that reduce energy costs as well as the carbon pollution from the electricity and transportation sectors. However, a third sector is missing from this dialogue: the thermal energy that is used for heating and cooling applications.