15 Dec '11, 5pm

The Solar Industry's Dead? Not Hardly, US Installations Set New Record

Predictions by right-wind pundits that the US solar industry is wrecked on the rocks are definitely premature, new figures from GTM Research show. In fact, the third quarter of 2011 was the best ever for American solar power installers. Add to that a new announcement from China that its target for solar power installed by 2015 has been increased by 50%. Though popularly and politically portrayed as a rivalry between the US and China over solar power—to the point that both nations have instigated investigations into each other's solar promotion practices—from the perspective of the planet, particularly the climate, it doesn't really matter where more renewable energy is installed as long as it displaces fossil fuel power plants. It's global emissions that matter first, national emissions second, and personal emissions third. But, the details... For the third quarter of 2011...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/renewable-energy/solar-industry...

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