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Published on March 9th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


New Solar Power Charts

March 9th, 2012 by  

Greentech Media posted a number of solar power charts yesterday on its website, charts which Shayle Kann presented at the SolarTech Solar Leadership Summit in San Jose, California yesterday. This is mostly stuff that any regular CleanTechnica reader would be aware of, but it’s always fun and interesting to see such information in a visual format, and the charts provide a good summary of where solar power is today. So, here they are, with a quick note preceding each one:

Solar installations in 2011: Germany & Italy — BIG; US, China, and Japan — Big, but not as big.

Solar installation estimates for 2016: US & China take the lead; Germany & Italy still strong; India pops onto the scene; ‘rest of world’ increases its solar installations a lot.

Solar panel manufacturing up + solar panel demand flat (due, largely, to policy changes in some countries) = solar panel prices dropping a ton. 50% drop in the past year, now under $1/Wp.

US solar market doubled last year, and expected to keep growing at a rapid pace.

Number of states with over 10 MW of solar PV installed grows.

Source: Greentech Media 


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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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