US Home Solar Nearing 1 GW (+ Other Solar News)

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Aside from our extensive solar energy coverage, here are some more solar energy stories from around the interwebs that I wouldn’t want you to miss. Just adding a note regarding the first one, I’d just add that it’s almost shocking to me how far we’ve come in recent years. I started covering the solar industry in 2009 — it has changed so dramatically since then, and I think you’d have to be a lunatic to not realize that we are on the cusp of a massive distributed energy revolution. It’s especially great to see home solar power nearing 1 gigawatt of capacity. The revolution is beginning!

Solar (In General)

US Home Solar Approaching 1 Gigawatt

Solar Investment Platform Wunder Provides Investment Opportunities To Individuals

Rooftop Solar is Just the Beginning; Utilities Must Innovate or Go Extinct

If You Could Build a Solar-Friendly Grid From Scratch, How Would You Do it?

Cheap Solar Power Just Became An Employee Benefit For More Than 100,000 People (We actually covered this, but I thought this piece from Climate Progress also deserved attention.)

How Groundbreaking Is DOE’s New $53M Solar Investment?

Gridlock for PV in Japan

New Jersey Solar: NJ May Triple Its Solar Net-Metering Capacity

PACE Program Promotes Energy Saving Upgrades In Texas

SolarCity, Nest to Energy Regulators: Open the Grid

Specific Projects & Such

41 MW Of SunPower Solar Panels Going To France

Panasonic & Powertree To Construct 68 Solar Charging Stations

Patagonia Invests $13M in Hawaiian Rooftop Solar Projects

Munich Re Continues to Back Desert Based Solar

7 Solar Wonders of the World

Solar Panels Offer Learning Opportunity for Students

Large CPV Plant In Asia Enters 2nd Phase

First Solar Puts 1st Panel Into South America’s Largest Solar PV Power Plant

135 MW California Solar Project Gets Green Light

Yahoo Signs PPA With OwnEnergy

Renewables (In General)

How Competitive Are Renewables With Conventional Power?

The Future of Energy: How to Transition to a Renewable Economy

Germany’s Energiewende Proves Electricity Can Be Clean And Reliable

Lessons From Germany: Can the US Succeed With Its Own Energiewende?


Enphase Charges Into the Energy Storage Market

Remarkable Energy Storage Progress

Liquid Metal Batteries Promise to Transform the Grid

Iran Builds Its First Lithium-Ion Battery


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3 thoughts on “US Home Solar Nearing 1 GW (+ Other Solar News)

  • Today’s residential use of electricity amounts to about 1,400 TerraWatt hours per year. If we assume an equivalent 5 full sunshine hours per day, that would mean 767 GW of solar panel power needed, and we are just passing 1 GW capacity, supplying a mere 0.13% of residential demand. It means that the market potential is really huge for residential alone!

    All in all, about 3,700 TerraWatt hours of electricity are used in the US. Residential, about 1,400 TWH, industrial about 950 TWH, and commercial, about 1,350 TWH.

    Source: EIA:

    • “market potential is really huge for residential alone”
      Exactly, also for the money to be made in the conservation programs like the Texas PACE program from the negawatts. The big benefit will be for the homeowners and contractors, while allowing the investors to make a profit.

    • What people really need to do is use skylights.
      We can have ALL the solar power we want sure — but are we **REALLY** going to continue to use fluorescent lights everywhere?

      Why not just use the Sun? it’s so simple, at least I hope it is.

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