Monday, June 18, 2012

U.S. Solar Industry Posts Solid Q1 With 506 MW Installed | Renewable Energy News Article

According to new figures released by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), 506 megawatts (MW) of new installations came online during the first quarter of 2012. That robust figure followed the American industry’s record-setting 780 MW that came online between October and the end of December, and it puts it on pace to easily surpass last year’s installation mark.
The new numbers are increasingly meaningful as the industry looks to assess the fallout from a string of potential market disruptions. The Section 1603 grant expired at the end of 2011 and the low-cost Chinese panels driving much of the U.S. industry were recently hit with hefty tariffs, the largest of which dates back to February of this year.
But so far, so good from an installation perspective as an 85 percent growth over the first quarter of 2011 has increased confidence that the industry will maintain its momentum through 2012. The better-than-expected first-quarter figures has led GTM Research to bump up its 2012 projections by about 15 percent to 3.3 gigawatts (GW), which would represent a big leap over the 1.8 GW installed in 2011. From there, the projected growth is relatively flat in 2013 as the impacts of the 1603 expiration and the new tariffs finally catch up with the industry. But strong growth is still projected for 2014 (about 5.3 GW), 2015 (about 6.6 GW) and 2016 (about 8.4 GW) as the U.S. emerges as a global market leader.
The readjusted 2012 outlook, coupled with expected declines in the European market, would push U.S. market share into double digits at nearly 11 percent. This would be up from 7 percent in 2011 and 5 percent in 2010, and it’d make the U.S. the fourth largest global PV market. The upward trajectory would also make it one of four large-scale international markets with expected long-term growth, with the others being China, India and Japan.
Two major factors helped fuel U.S. installation in the first quarter, according to the report. At least 1 GW of modules were “safe harbored” at the end of 2011, a common strategy used to qualify modules and inverters for the 1603 grant ahead of its expiration. Many of those modules were deployed during the first quarter of 2012. While the smaller countervailing duty was announced during the first quarter, the much larger anti-dumping tariff wasn’t announced until May. The first quarter was marked by uncertainty and new strategies to avoid penalties. The report notes that anecdotally, some Chinese suppliers became the importer of record, so they could absorb the tariff themselves and sell “tariff-proof” modules. Still, many developers have shifted some procurement to non-Chinese producers.
The role of American panel manufacturing has taken center stage in the political fight surrounding the solar industry. From that perspective, the first quarter proved to be disappointing as U.S. solar panel production amounted to 160 MW, less than half the amount produced during the first quarter of 2011.

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U.S. Solar Industry Posts Solid Q1 With 506 MW Installed | Renewable Energy News Article

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Solar Lighting

We all are going to have to start using some form of alternative energy. Get ahead of the cap and trade tax and have something to trade.A good way to get started with alternative energy is with Solar Lighting. There is an amazing variety of products available, out door lighting, indoor lighting, diy lighting kits, commercial, and even municipalities lighting options. Personally I love the solar light bulbs lighting  up my nights. Click on the image below to go on an amazing shopping trip:

 solar lighting

Monday, May 21, 2012

Six myths about electricity in the U.S. South dubunked

This is a great article that I found st ScienceDaily about a study done at Duke and Georgia Tech and what has been hindering renewable energy's progress in the south,.

Quoting article:

ScienceDaily (Dec. 1, 2011) — Clean energy can help meet growing electricity demand and minimize pollution in the Southern United States, but progress to adopt renewable energy strategies has been hindered by a number of myths, according to a new study by Duke and Georgia Tech researchers. These myths, encompassing both sides of the clean energy debate, may affect how the South responds to what is expected to be a 28 percent rise in population within the next 20 years.

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Six myths about electricity in the U.S. South dubunked

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Go Camping With Solar

Solar Power For Camping
Now you can power your camping trip

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Monday, April 30, 2012

ONTILITY’s FREE Solar PV Training for Unemployed US Military Veterans - ONTILITY

 The Solar industry is growing by leaps and bounds. Which opens up a new dimension in career opportunity. The article I have linked to below is an offer for the unemployed and for veterans to be trained in this growing industry. If you are thinking about a career in the solar industry this a good place to start your request.

ONTILITY’s FREE Solar PV Training for Unemployed US Military Veterans - ONTILITY

Here is another link to the same site

Solar PV Training