Solar Energy

Newly Installed Solar Double That of a Year Ago

(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Most people are aware that solar power has been booming. Prices are dropping rapidly and panels are going up in many places, either on residential rooftops or as part of large utility scale arrays. But few people have an appreciation for just how much solar has grown in a very short time. The new US Solar Market Insight Q4 2016 report from GreenTechMedia (GTM) Research really puts this into perspective.

The number are particularly impressive right now because the industry just had a phenomenal quarter.

In the third quarter of 2016, with the installation of 4,143 MW  of new capacity, total installed solar PV in the US increased by 99%. That’s right, you don’t need new glasses. Solar essentially doubled in the last quarter. It’s also a 191% increase over last year’s third quarter.

If you do the math, that’s a new MW coming online every 32 minutes. Someone was pretty busy. California alone added over 1 GW in a single quarter, the first state to ever do so. GTM forecasts a yearly total of 14.1 GW. That’s an 88% increase over the previous year.

Let’s take a look at some of the trends behind these numbers. For starters, utilities installed about 75% of this, a little over 3 GW. That shows a big surge of utilities embracing solar, Apparently, many have adopted an “if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em,” attitude. As a result, the 60% solar share of all new generating capacity broke the quarterly record for market share.

BBC Journalist Mishal Husain To Honour 2016 Ashden International Award Winners

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Forward thinking organisations championing solar energy in India, East Africa and beyond; businesses improving the health of citizens through sustainable buildings and access to clean water in China and Indonesia; and a not-for-profit connecting communities with vital services—all are winners of the prestigious 2016 Ashden International Awards.

Google Is a Big Renewable Energy Investor

When someone thinks of Google they likely think first of their browser. However, Google should come to the mind of renewable energy enthusiasts. The reason is simple: Google invests in renewable energy, with a goal of powering its operations with 100 percent renewable energy.

Solar Power Primed for Popularity Surge in Middle East and North Africa

Demand for solar energy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will skyrocket in the next five years, according to a new report from GTM Research and the Emirates Solar Industry Association (EISA).

With Uncertain Financial Future, Cloudy Skies Ahead for American Cleantech

Clean energy innovation in the United States is moving to financially friendlier shores—like China

Looking at 2011 VC investment figures, it seems like the cleantech industry in the United States is doing just fine.

Pacific Island of Tongatapu Turns to Sustainable Energy

Pacific Islands are ditching diesel for solar in their quest for sustainable energy sources.

Socially Responsible Initiative Educates School Children About Solar Power

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Partial Eclipse of the Sun: Cloudy Days Ahead for Solar Energy Sector

Just hours before trading was to begin, BrightSource Energy cancelled its I.P.O. Is the light of the sun dimming on the solar industry?

Sustainable Energy For Brazilian 2014 World Cup Stadium

Sustainability is also part of the Beautiful Game during the 2014 soccer cup in Brazil.

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