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Published on December 31st, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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Top Solar Stories Of The Year



Showing yet again how obsessive I am, via Planetsave,here are what I consider to be the top solar stories of the year. Again, I haven’t listed 10 or 20 or 30 stories, but 150. However, they are split into numerous categories, so feel free to peruse just the categories that interest you. Looking forward to an even brighter year for solar in 2014!

I just combed through nearly 1000 stories to come up with the top solar stories of the 2nd half of 2013. Beforehand, I thought I’d come up with 30 or so, but I just kept finding stories that I thought deserved some year-end highlighting. I ended up with 150, on the dot. Odd, considering that I ended up with 100, on the dot, for electric vehicles. (I swear that I didn’t manipulate at all to come up with these round numbers.) Anyway, as I realized the list was getting pretty long, I broke it up into several categories.

Overall

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15 Solar Facts You Should Know

Germany Solar PV Report — A Must-Read For Any Energy Reporter – Important Media Exclusive

18 Fun Renewable Energy Charts From NREL Director Dan Arvizu & Ren21′s Renewables 2013 Global Status Report – Important Media Exclusive

The Intermittency of Wind and Solar Not A Problem? – Important Media Exclusive

Intermittency Of Renewables?… Not So Much – Important Media Exclusive

“Technologies That Could Change Everything” – Important Media Exclusive

Top Solar States vs Top Solar Countries – Important Media Exclusive

Top Solar Power Countries Per Capita & Per GDP – Important Media Exclusive

Top Solar Power States Per Capita (Updated) vs Top Solar Policy Leaders – Important Media Exclusive

Must Watch: Danny Kennedy TEDx Talk

Jerry Brown Rocks It At Intersolar North America (VIDEO)

Advantages & Disadvantages Of Solar Power

From Thomas Edison & J.P. Morgan To Solar Power & You

Solar Consumers

Home Solar Loans From Admirals Bank That Trump Solar Leasing? – Important Media Exclusive

Owners Of Solar Panels & EVs Get Solar 1st, 85.5% Buy Their Solar Panels – Important Media Exclusive

EnergySage In Detail – Important Media Exclusive

Home Solar Power = This Century’s Automobile

Solar Panels The New Granite Countertops, But Not For Long…

US Solar Growth Driven By Middle-Class Americans

Study Shows Rooftop Solar Adds Thousands To Home Resale Values

Do Women Actually Lead The Way On Home Solar?

Toshiba To Build & Operate Solar Systems For Apartment Buildings In Germany

Germany Finances Major Push Into Home Battery Storage For Solar

Solar Power + Battery System From Bosch Now On The Market

At What Point Will Small-Scale Solar Energy Storage Become Viable?

Electricity Utilities Could Lose Half Their Market To Solar And Storage

IKEA Starts Selling Solar Panels In Britain

BBOXX — Blowing Up The Off-Grid Solar & Cleantech Market

Solving Energy Poverty With Solar Light Bulbs: Nokero Product Review

Rent-to-Own Solar Light

Panasonic Starts 100,000 Solar Lanterns Project

11,000+ Citizens Push For 1 Million Colorado Solar Roofs By 2030

Save Energy & Save Money Using The Sun Intelligently In These 10 Ways

Money

IRENA Launches Global Renewable Energy Cost Analysis Program – Important Media Exclusive

Solar — $1.20/Watt In Europe (Unsubsidized), & Much More Solar $ Fun – Important Media Exclusive

What $0.36/W Solar Means (Reader Post) – Important Media Exclusive

US Solar To Hit Grid Parity 2014–2017 (+ More Solar PV Charts, Sort Of…) – Important Media Exclusive

NREL Releases Cost of Renewable Energy Spreadsheet Tool

US Solar Targets Could Save Americans $20 Billion Annually By 2050

Getting To The Bottom Of US–Germany Solar Soft Cost Differences, & How To Make Solar Cheaper In US Than In Germany

NREL Releases New Roadmap To Reducing Solar PV “Soft Costs” By 2020

Lowering The Resilient Soft Costs Of Solar

Solar Subsidies Article in Wall Street Journal Misses The Beat

Colorado Solar Consumers Provide Up To $11 Million In Yearly Benefits To Xcel Grid

Cost Of Solar Getting Competitive With Wind

Forecast: Cost Of PV Panels To Drop To $0.36/Watt By 2017

Hinkley C Nuclear Power Plant To Get Twice The Rate As Solar PV From UK Government

Most Attractive States For Investing In Solar Are…

Companies Team Up To Drive Down Solar Costs For Local Solar Installers

First Solar Reports Largest Quarterly Decline In CdTe Module Cost Per-Watt Since 2007

Cleantech Transition Is Happening, Costs Dropping Off An Icy Cliff

Analysis: 50% Reduction In Cost Of Renewable Energy Since 2008

Wind + Solar Reduces Utility Costs & Emissions

Cost Of Solar Power 60% Lower Than Early 2011 In US

Fun & Games

Brazilian Stadiums Going Solar For 2014 FIFA World Cup (Also see: Yingli Green Launches Under One Sun)

Solar Impulse Now Holds 8 FAI Records In Solar Aviation Category

Google Teams Up With The Solar Airplane, Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse Lands In DC, Solar Impulse Founders Presented Top Innovation SEIA Award

Solar Impulse Flies Into Aviation History

Pop Music & Solar Panels — Music Recreates More Vibrations Of Solar Energy

Stella Takes First At World Solar Challenge — “World’s First Solar-Powered Family Car” Wins Michelin Cruiser Class

Dutch Nuon Team Takes Gold At World Solar Challenge Race In Adelaide

Delft University Triumphs In 2013 World Solar Challenge!

Team Austria Takes First Place At Solar Decathlon 2013!

Architecture Contest At Solar Decathlon Won By Prague Team

Affordability And Market Appeal Solar Decathlon Winners!

Huge Solar Plane Could Fly For Five Years

New Solar-Powered Album & YouTube Series From Turtuga Blanku (Sunday Fun)

Solar Efficiency Records

Samsung Breaks CIGS Solar Efficiency Record

Solar Cell Efficiency World Record Set By Fraunhofer — 44.7%

Solar Cell Efficiency World Record Set By Sharp — 44.4%

IBM Breaks CZTS Solar Cell Efficiency Record

Thin-Film Solar Cell Efficiency Record Set By Centre For Solar Energy & Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg

Soitec Sets CPV Commercial Module Efficiency Record — 31.8%

III-V Solar Cell Efficiency Record Of 31.1% Set By NREL

Dog Bites Man As Amonix Sets Yet Another Solar Cell Efficiency Record

JA Solar Attains 18.3% Multicrystalline Solar Cell Efficiency Record

New Record — Thinnest, Most-Efficient Absorber Of Visible Light Created

Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Achieve Record Efficiency Of 15%

CZTSe Solar Cells Achieve 9.7% Efficiency

Tremendous Growth, & Big Projects

World

First Time Solar PV Overtakes Wind In Annual Capacity Additions

US

100% Of New Power Capacity In US Came From Renewable Energy In November (2nd Month This Year)

Renewable Energy Provided 99% Of All New Electricity Capacity In October

US Solar Energy Industry Shines In Record-Setting 3Q 2013

US Passes 10 GW Installed Solar PV Capacity Milestone

49% Of New US Electricity Capacity Is From Solar, Q1 Record (Report)

Solar System Installed In US Every 4 Minutes

US Solar PV Demand To Grow 20% In 2013 To 4.3 GW

Interior Department Approves Up To 4GW Of New Renewable Energy Projects

US Solar PV Pipeline Grows To 43 GW

83% Increase In US Solar PV Capacity In 2012

Germany

Germany Breaks Monthly Solar Generation Record, ~6.5 Times More Than US Best

Germany Sets Solar Power Record (Again) — 23.9 GW – Important Media Exclusive

Sunday, Solar Sunday — Germany’s July 7 Solar Power Record In-Depth

Largest Solar Rooftop In Europe Complete, In Germany!

China

China’s Installed PV To Reach 10 GW By End Of Year

China Becomes The First To Hit The 3 GW Utility-Scale Solar Milestone

20 GW Of Distributed Solar By 2015 Is New Target For China

India

World Bank Foresees Potential For 20 GW Indian Solar Future

Indian Auction For 4,000 MW Of Solar Projects To Start Soon

World’s Largest (4GW) Solar Project Planned For India (Also see: India To Set Up Ultra Mega Solar Power Plant — 4,000 MW Capacity)

Japan

Japan Solar PV Industry Reaches 10 GW Milestone

20.91 GW Of New Solar Approved In Japan Through May

Australia

Australian Rooftop Solar Reaches 3 GW

100% Of New Australian Power Plants Are Wind Or Solar

South Australia To Reach 50% Renewables Within A Decade

Other Markets

500 MW Of Solar Plants Due For Construction In Uganda

500 MW Rooftop Solar Scheme To Be Submitted To Abu Dhabi

500 MW Solar Energy Project Being Developed In Cholistan, Pakistan

300 MW Of Ethiopian Solar Farms To Be Built By US Companies

Tour Of Perovo Solar Power Station – Important Media Exclusive

An Island (Tokelau) Powered 100% By Solar Energy

70,000 Tanzanian Households Could Be Powered By New Solar Project

UK Feed-in Tariff Generated Nearly 380,000 Renewable Installations In Three Years

World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant With Storage Comes Online

Business

ABB’s Huge Solar Push — Shifting Solar Into The Next Gear? (Also see: 7 Exclusive Videos With ABB’s Solar Director and ABB Solar Head Talks Solar Growth Markets & ABB’s Microgrid Specialties) – Important Media Exclusives

Top Utility-Scale Solar Builder Is First Solar, But Big Boys Climbing The Ranks

IKEA’s Continued Progress Towards 100% Renewable Energy By 2020

Google & Facebook Also Have An Energy Dark Side

SolarCity Leads Way Into Low-Interest Solar Financing That Could Be Huge Boost To Solar Industry

SolarCity Makes $120 Million Buy, Aims For 1 Million Solar Customers By 2018

SolarCity Acquires Zep Solar

Solar Means Business: Top 25 US Corporate Solar Energy Users

Solar Exchange Opens, Auctions $28 Million In Solar Goods In 1 Week

Solar Carries Alternative Energy Mutual Funds And ETFs To Strong Returns

Why Have Solar Stocks Been Taking Off?

Converging Solar Demand And Supply Set To Help Solar Industry Recover

50,250 New American Jobs From These Solar Guidelines

China Has Invested Billions Of Dollars In Renewable Energy Projects In US, Europe

Production Scale (Not Cheap Labour) Gives China Solar Advantage (Also see: Chinese Solar Cells Cheaper To Manufacture Because Of Larger-Scale Of Manufacturing Industry, Not Cheaper Labor, Research Finds)

US Tops In Renewable Energy Attractiveness As Sector Comes Of Age

Policy

San Francisco Getting Back On The PACE Wagon!

Most Solar-Friendly States — 2013 State Solar Policy Rankings (Infographic)

Top Solar Power States Per Capita (Updated) vs Top Solar Policy Leaders – Important Media Exclusive

Obama: Federal Government Has 7 Years To Triple Renewable Energy

4 States Lead US In Freeing The Grid For Distributed Solar Energy

Solar Permitting Website Gets Overhaul — More Data, New Features

Project Permit Exposes Grey Areas Of Solar Permitting

Palo Alto Streamlines Going Solar

1 GW Georgia Solar Project Secures Government Support

China–EU Solar Antidumping Case Settled

Home Solar PV In Europe Not Subject To VAT (Consumption Tax), EU Court Rules

Sydney Intends To Go 100% Renewable For Electricity, Heat, & Cooling By 2030

São Paulo Sets Ambitious Goal Of 70% Renewable Energy By 2020

$60 Million More For Low Cost Solar Power

Spain Solar Enthusiasts And Workers “Turn Themselves In” At Spanish Prison

Spain Gets Reported To European Parliament By 100+ Spanish Bodies

The Utility vs Solar Fight — Why? What’s At Stake?

Why Is “Solar Power vs Utilities” Such A Hot Topic?

The Radical Right Wing Is Becoming An Unlikely Advocate For Solar Power

Solar Power War Pits Conservatives Against Conservatives

For our top solar stories from the first 5 months of the year, check out:

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About the Author

is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he's the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



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