13 Sep '11, 3pm

Large-scale solar sector surges in U.S. as panel costs drop #solar

13 Sep 2011: Large-Scale Solar Sector Surges in U.S. as Panel Costs Drop A steep drop in the cost of solar panels in recent months has spurred a significant increase in the number of planned non-residential projects in the U.S., an energy research company reports. According to A Solar Panel on Every Roof? In U.S., Still a Distant Dream Daunted by high up-front costs, U.S. homeowners continue to shy away from residential solar power systems, even as utility-scale solar projects are taking off. But residential solar is having modest growth. READ THE e360 REPORT Solarbuzz , the number of new, industrial-scale solar projects being planned has increased to 24 gigawatts of solar capacity, up from 17 gigawatts just two months ago. This growth has occurred as the price of solar panels has plunged 25 percent since the beginning of the year, a trend that analysts say is likely to co...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/large-scale_solar_sector_surg...

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