11 May '11, 2am

In the US, #solar photovoltaic panels are suddenly the belle of the renewable energy ball:

In the US, #solar photovoltaic panels are suddenly the belle of the renewable energy ball:

In the U.S., solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are, somewhat unexpectedly, suddenly the belle of the renewable energy ball -- and their dance card is wide open. There is now more solar PV capacity planned for the immediate future than any other renewable you can name. Wind, solar thermal, geothermal -- it's like they all showed up at prom in powder-blue tuxes and Trump hair, and now they can't get a date with an investor. More than four gigawatts of solar PV are "in development" as of the end of 2010, which is almost as much as the entire sun-baked country of Saudi Arabia has planned between now and 2020. Not all of that will be realized, of course, mostly because solar PV is still an immature industry on the construction side, full of small-time players, unlike wind. Regardless, it's good news, because it means solar panels aren't just for hippies and hobbyists anymore: Alth...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-05-10-u.s.-finally-catchin...

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