The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) recently released its 2012 U.S. Solar Market Trends report. While the data aligns closely with previously released reports on the 2012 solar market, IREC’s report also features installed capacity figures for 47 states, DC and the territories.
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In its review of 15 distributed solar PV benefit and cost studies, the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) finds significant variability in estimated distributed PV values, owing to differences in methodology, local context, and input assumptions. RM
In July 2013, the CPUC issued its annual report on the progress of the California Solar Initiative, showing that the program has installed 66 percent of its total goal, with another 19 percent reserved
A recent NREL report finds that the use of public capital (asset-backed securities, investment pools and real estate investment trusts) can lower the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) by up to $0.16 for residential projects and $0.08 for utility projects. As consumer confidence in securitization grows, prices could fall by as much as 30%.
A recent Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report finds that streamlined city permitting practices can reduce the cost of installed PV systems by $0.27-$0.77 per watt, relative to cities with less favorable permitting standards. Development times can be shorted by an average of 24 days, under favorable permitting standards.
A recent NREL report finds that in 2011, 17% of U.S supermarkets were in utility territories where PV could be installed at or below the cost of traditional generation. In 2012, they estimate that this percentage increased to 40%. The report is
On April 16, 2013, SolarTech will host a one-day workshop titled SolarTech Presents Solar 3.0: Accelerating Market Adoption of PV Technology. The workshop will be help in Room 301 of the Baltimore Convention Center, as part of SOLAR 2013, and cover a variety of topics including economic development, financing options, soft costs and more.
The agenda is packed with panels and presentations that will provide strategic insight into growing your business, and opportunities will be available for high-level networking to help advance corporate business strategies and develop new partnerships.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) routinely estimates the technical potential of specific renewable electricity generation technologies.
The Global Solar Summit will be held in Milan on May 8-9, 2013 (in conjunction with Solarexpo) at the Rho Exhibition and Conference Center.