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U.S. Powers Up on Solar as Manufacturing and Installation Costs Fall

2 Years of Price Declines Have Spurred Demand for Photovoltaics

By Dave Levitan

Apr 22, 2010

Some states in the U.S. are starting to experiment with feed-in tariff policies, but Wiser expects federal and state tax incentives will remain the primary drivers of the nation’s solar market.

Solar power still has a long way to go in terms of becoming a sizable chunk of the electricity generation in the U.S., but the signs are positive at this point. According to the SEIA report, by 2025, the country will need about 9,000 MW of installed capacity to meet various solar and renewable energy goals.

“In terms of solar contribution to the U.S. energy mix, I’m very bullish,” Wiser said.

“It was only a couple of years ago that you looked at the various renewable energy options, and after you finished talking about wind, it wasn’t really clear where you were going to go next. That’s no longer the case.”

 

See also:

Solar Water Heaters Sprouting on Rooftops Worldwide

Evolution Solar: China Now 'Center of Gravity' for Solar Manufacturing

Solar Could Generate 15% of Power by 2020, If US Ends Fossil Fuel Subsidies

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