solar industry

Infographic: Keeping Track of Solar

Written by Scott Tewel


2013 saw record-breaking solar growth in the U.S.—an increase of 41% over 2012—and 2014 is expected to see even larger gains. With more than 440,000 solar electric systems operating across the U.S. today, keeping track of these distributed resources is … Continued

2014 solar trends episode 3: Solar Financing – A New Hope

Written by Mark Liffmann


Financing has been with solar since its earliest days. Before the lease and the power purchase agreement (PPA), residential solar customers would often purchase systems with cash. Cash payments are a form of financing, as the customer is choosing to … Continued

Reflections on SPI: 3 signs the solar industry is maturing

Written by Mark Liffmann


Each year, Solar Power International (SPI) gives us the opportunity to take stock of the U.S. solar industry. This year’s event, held in Chicago Oct. 21-24, was no different. The 2013 version of “North America’s premier business-to-business event for professionals in … Continued

Solar trends hold strong at Intersolar 2013

Written by Mark Liffmann

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Those of us from Clean Power Research who attended this year’s Intersolar North America in San Francisco were pleasantly surprised to find a robust show. Although Intersolar is always well planned and executed, drawing the best companies from all over … Continued