NewEnergyNews: SOLAR ON THE VERGE

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YESTERDAY

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: INSIDE THE BATTLES FOR FLORIDA'S ENERGY FUTURE
  • QUICK NEWS, March 25: CALIFORNIA IS 1ST STATE TO GET 5% POWER FROM BIG SOLAR; FEDS GREENLIGHT VIRGINIA OCEAN WIND; FLA SOLAR INITIATIVE ADVANCES
  • THE DAY BEFORE

  • GUEST REPORTING: ELON MUSK – PROFILE OF A GREEN LEADER
  • QUICK NEWS, March 24: SOLAR BRINGS JOBS; WIND POWERING MONTANA; GLOBAL PRE-PAID METERING TO TRIPLE
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    THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING, MARCH 25: HOW POWER COMPANIES CAN GET TO UTILITY 2.0 AND BEYOND
  • QUICK NEWS, March 23: KAFKA IN FLORIDA; SUNRUN READIES IPO; THE OBAMA TEAM BACKS WIND
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • Weekend Video: Making Toast – A Choice
  • Weekend Video: Greenpeace Makes A Point To Shell Oil
  • Weekend Video: The Speed Of New Energy
  • AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-WORLD BANK TALKS BEATING CLIMATE CHANGE
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-HOW HIGH SOLAR CAN FLY
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-SCOTS GIVE WIND BIG APPROVAL
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-WAVE ENERGY GOES LIVE IN AUSTRALIA
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, March 19:

  • TTTA Thursday-WHAT WILL BUFFETT DO ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE?
  • TTTA Thursday-SENATE CONFRONTS SOLAR COSTS AND BENEFITS
  • TTTA Thursday-CALIFORNIA INITIATIVE FOR A STATE PUBLIC UTILITY
  • TTTA Thursday-SEE-THROUGH SOLAR GETS BETTER
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    Anne B. Butterfield of Daily Camera and Huffington Post, is an occasional contributor to NewEnergyNews

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    Some of Anne's contributions:

  • Another Tipping Point: US Coal Supply Decline So Real Even West Virginia Concurs (REPORT), November 26, 2013
  • SOLAR FOR ME BUT NOT FOR THEE ~ Xcel's Push to Undermine Rooftop Solar, September 20, 2013
  • NEW BILLS AND NEW BIRDS in Colorado's recent session, May 20, 2013
  • Lies, damned lies and politicians (October 8, 2012)
  • Colorado's Elegant Solution to Fracking (April 23, 2012)
  • Shale Gas: From Geologic Bubble to Economic Bubble (March 15, 2012)
  • Taken for granted no more (February 5, 2012)
  • The Republican clown car circus (January 6, 2012)
  • Twenty-Somethings of Colorado With Skin in the Game (November 22, 2011)
  • Occupy, Xcel, and the Mother of All Cliffs (October 31, 2011)
  • Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation (June 7, 2011)
  • The Plunging Cost of Renewables and Boulder's Energy Future (April 19, 2011)
  • Paddling Down the River Denial (January 12, 2011)
  • The Fox (News) That Jumped the Shark (December 16, 2010)
  • Click here for an archive of Butterfield columns

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  • Sunday, April 29, 2012

    SOLAR ON THE VERGE

    Solar power’s next shining

    Krister Aanesen, Stefan Heck, Dickon Pinner, April 2012 (McKinsey & Company)

    “… Despite [a rush of new solar producers, including China, solar module oversupply, pressure on margins, demand exceeding supply, and governments scaling back solar support in the aftermath of the economic crisis], new McKinsey research indicates that the industry is suffering from growing pains rather than undergoing death throes. Solar is entering a period of maturation that, in just a few years, will probably lead to more stable and expansive growth for companies that can manage costs and innovate to tap rising demand from multiple customer segments.

    “Solar power: Darkest before dawn finds that underlying PV costs are likely to continue to drop as manufacturing capacity doubles over the next three to five years…The cost of a typical commercial system could fall 40 percent by 2015 and an additional 30 percent by 2020, permitting companies to capture attractive margins while vigorously installing new capacity.”

    “The research suggests that the overall solar market will continue to grow—even though subsidies are expected to dry up….[Growth over the next 20 years] will stem largely from demand based on viable stand-alone economics in five customer segments: off-grid, residential and commercial in areas with good and moderate sun conditions, isolated grids, peak capacity in growth markets, and new large-scale power plants…

    “To succeed in this environment, companies should direct their attention to the relatively prosaic objective of reducing costs, without giving up on the imperative to innovate…Many companies can cut their costs dramatically by adopting approaches widely used in more mature industries to optimize areas such as procurement, supply chain management, and manufacturing—and therefore position themselves to capture attractive margins even as prices for PV modules fall…”

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