NewEnergyNews: ORIGINAL REPORTING: Solar Boom Chronicled

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YESTERDAY

  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Mixed-ownership models spur utility investment in microgrids
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: How the wind industry can continue its boom into the 2020s
  • ORIGINAL REPORTING: Rhode Island targets a common perspective on DER values
  • THE DAY BEFORE

  • TODAY’S STUDY: The Way To Grow EVs
  • QUICK NEWS, April 25: Private Sector Takes Over The Climate Fight; How Sea Level Rise Would Change The Map; Wind Jobs Top 100,000 As Wind Energy Booms
  • THE DAY BEFORE THE DAY BEFORE

  • TODAY’S STUDY: The Risk Of Natural Gas Vs. The Risk Of Wind
  • QUICK NEWS, April 24: The Health Impacts Of Climate Change; New Energy Is Everywhere; Study Shows LA Does Not Need Aliso Canyon
  • THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • Weekend Video: How To Win Friends For New Energy
  • Weekend Video: The Electric Vehicle Highway
  • Weekend Video: Wind And The Economy
  • AND THE DAY BEFORE THAT

  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-A Deeper Look At The Heat
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Wind Gets Market Tough
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-UK Gets Utility-Led Solar Plus Storage
  • FRIDAY WORLD HEADLINE-Germany’s VW Talking Its EV To China
  • THE LAST DAY UP HERE

    THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, April 20:

  • TTTA Thursday-U.S. Military Affirms Climate Change-War Link
  • TTTA Thursday-Solar Plus Hydro Drive Wholesale Power Cost Sub-Zero
  • TTTA Thursday-Wind Boom Goes On Growing Midwest Wealth
  • TTTA Thursday-More Kentucky Jobs In New Energy Than In Coal
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    Anne B. Butterfield of Daily Camera and Huffington Post, f 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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  • THINGS-TO-THINK-ABOUT THURSDAY, April 27:

  • Inside The White House Fight On Climate
  • New Energy Is The Jobs Engine
  • Wind Industry Boom Getting Bigger
  • Funding Better Transportation

    Wednesday, March 08, 2017

    ORIGINAL REPORTING: Solar Boom Chronicled

    Solar on track to break growth records, but analysts say market challenges loom; An expected module glut could give way to even lower installed solar prices as the market corrects

    Herman K. Trabish, June 30, 2016 (Utility Dive)

    Editor’s Note: The most recent numbers confirm both this piece’s forecasts.

    Solar growth and system price declines in the first quarter of 2016 foretold the year’s record-breaking growth, as just reported by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research. Q1 saw 1,665 MW of solar PV nationwide and that led to the year’s enormous build, far out-reaching 2015’s 7.5 GW build. The 2016 boom was led by the utility-scale PV expansion, which was already bigger than 2015’s entire installed capacity in Q3. The price of non-residential solar installations dropped 8.3% in 1H 2016 to $1.88/watt, putting in on track to reach the U.S. Department of Energy’s “impossible dream” price target of $1.00/watt by 2020. Residential installations dropped 8.8%, to $3.00/watt.

    For the first time, solar became the leading source of new electric generation in 2016 and was projected to be over a third of new capacity. The extension of the federal investment tax credit [ITC] was the most important policy development for U.S. solar in 2016 and in the last decade. It led to a huge pipeline of late-stage utility PV projects that were rushed through development in 2015, to be ready if the ITC was not extended. Utility-scale solar nearly 75% of the new capacity in Q1. Solar prices have dropped so low in some regions that it can compete with and complement new natural gas generation. The ITC extension is expected to serve as a long-term policy bridge and help transform solar PV into an increasingly mainstream source of U.S. power generation…click here for more

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