12 Sep '11, 8pm

U.S. solar projects boom as PV prices keep falling:

U.S. solar projects boom as PV prices keep falling:

Cross-posted from Climate Progress . With solar module prices falling closer to the $1-a-watt threshold , many manufacturers are struggling to keep their heads above water. But project developers are doing quite swimmingly. The continued decreases in panel prices are causing a boom in commercial-scale development throughout the U.S. According to analysis from Solarbuzz , the non-residential project pipeline has increased from 17,000 megawatts (MW) to 24,000 MW in just two months. Those figures include projects in all stages of development, so it doesn't necessarily mean they'll get built. But activity is increasing at an very rapid rate. According to a 2010 analysis [PDF] from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, the average total installed cost of solar systems in the U.S. fell 20 percent, due largely to the increasing size of projects and the reducti...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/solar-power/2011-09-12-u.s.-solar-pr...

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