IN-DEPTH: Industry Forecasts and Outlooks

While the major focus of this website is provide information on the state of the Solar Industry in California today, it is a worthwhile to maintain a perspective as to where we’re possibly headed.  Forecasts are state and national.


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Study: California could get 74% of power from rooftop solar

Rooftop solar panels could meet three-quarters of California’s electricity needs and about 40 percent of the country’s electricity needs, according to a new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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Could Solar Energy Be California’s Next Cash Crop?

Several years ago, Nick Rajkovich bought 1,200 acres in California’s Fresno County, planning to grow almonds for his family’s farming business. The ranch had a steady supply of water at the time. But that changed with the state’s latest, relentless drought: Federal water deliveries over the past three years dwindled to zero. “Now the almonds are dead,” Rajkovich says; and with the land bone dry and no relief in sight, “The only thing we can farm is the sun. That’s why solar is the obvious choice for us.”

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California Leads a Quiet Revolution

With its progressive politics, high-tech bent and abundant sunshine, California is fast ramping up its production of clean electricity, setting an example its leaders hope the rest of the country, and other nations, will follow as they seek to cut emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide.

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U.S. Solar Market Insight™

olar Market Insight report is a collaborative effort between the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Greentech Media (GTM) Research that provides a quarterly and annual solar-specific analyses and forecasts. On a quarterly basis, GTM Research conducts surveys of installers, manufacturers, utilities and state agencies from which it produces a report on trends in the U.S. photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) markets.

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The Future of Solar-Plus-Storage in the U.S. and California.

The idea of combining solar photovoltaics with energy storage for retail electricity customers in the U.S. has received tremendous attention Read More →

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