Category Archives: Analysis

Large-Scale Solar Booming in Arizona

published: 2012-02-06 10:42 | editor | category: Analysis
by D.A. Barber Arizona was the fastest-growing state until the recession. Until recently, Arizona’s power generators included four coal-fired power plants and the largest nuclear power plant in the U.S., located west of Pho...  more

California’s Solar Growth

published: 2012-02-03 18:02 | editor | category: Analysis
By D.A. Barber If California - the most populous U.S. state - was a country, it would rank the 8th largest economy between Italy and Brazil. But California is by far America's No. 1 solar state, with nearly 1,000 megawatts of...  more

The Portable PV Power Market

published: 2012-01-31 16:32 | editor | category: Analysis
The U.S. military has long used portable PVs in Iraq and their other Middle East battles, and “developing nations” like Africa and India are deploying portable PVs in areas where the majority of the population has litt...  more

Report Suggests PVs are Reaching Grid Parity

published: 2012-01-17 17:35 | editor | category: Analysis
Solar energy “grid parity” is considered achieved when the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) to generate 1 kilowatt-hour (kWh) becomes equal to what it costs to generate 1kWh of the current cheapest form of electricity: ...  more

EnergyTrend: 2012 Global Solar Market Outlook

published: 2011-12-28 16:16 | editor | category: Analysis
According to the current development, EnergyTrend, TrendForce's green energy division expects 2012 to be the year for the global solar industry to face an arduous challenge and weed out the weak. The policies will focus on the...  more

China-US Trade War Could Hurt Solar Industry

published: 2011-12-22 16:26 | editor | category: Analysis
On October 19, SolarWorld, a German company with a solar panel manufacturing facility in Hillsboro, Oregon, and 1,000 employees, filed trade violation petitions with the International Trade Commision (ITC) and the US Commerce Depa...  more

Solar Expansion in the Middle East

published: 2011-12-20 18:00 | editor | category: Analysis
Even with the political changes happening in the Middle East, there are significant large-scale renewable energy projects moving forward for both local power generation, as well as for power export to EU. The Middle East experienc...  more

U.S. DOE’s Rooftop PV Initiative

published: 2011-12-14 13:48 | editor | category: Analysis
One of the problems that have slowed deployment of residential rooftop PVs in the United States is the permitting process. The nation is made up of 50 states, which in turn have individual counties and cities. Across the U.S. ther...  more