There were some problems last year for solar manufacturers: for example an oversupply problem. Evenso, good news is that 2012 actually witnessed a dramatic growth in the world’s use of solar powerPhotovoltaics (PV) is the field of technology and research related to the application of solar cells for energy by converting sunlight directly into electricity. Solar power is sometimes used as a synonym to refer to electricity generated from solar radiation.. Especially  the amount of solar panelsRegarding photovoltaic or solar panels with crystalline cells, the photoactive layer consists of serial and/or parallel interconnected solar cells which are embedded into two plastic films. A front glass protects the interior for mechanical damage. Regarding thin-film solar modules the ... installed on rooftops in the U.S. soared in recent quarters. This is thanks to new  innovative financing models by companies like SolarCity and low silicon prices — silicon of course being the main ingredient of solar panels.photovoltaic.gif

The most important graphs showcasing the latest in the solar industry – with a focus on the US – and  highlighting the recent development in the photovoltaicPhotovoltaics (PV) is the field of technology and research related to the application of solar cells for energy by converting sunlight directly into electricity. Solar power is sometimes used as a synonym to refer to electricity generated from solar radiation. world can all be found based on reliable sources such as Energy Information Administration (EIA),  Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA)/GTM Research, NASDAQ or Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Some of the main factors indicating how well the solar industry is doing are:

  • the amount of solar generation between 2001 to 2012 – it has risen a staggering 500% in 2012 alone in the U.S.
  • PV capacity installedThe installed capacity is the maximum net electric output of the reporting power plants in ideal conditions.; growth of solar panelRegarding photovoltaic or solar panels with crystalline cells, the photoactive layer consists of serial and/or parallel interconnected solar cells which are embedded into two plastic films. A front glass protects the interior for mechanical damage. Regarding thin-film solar modules the ... installation and capacity in the U.S. Solar panel installation is expected to rise nearly 70% this year
  • some solar stocks have faced difficulty this year (think over supply and low prices), but the stockmarket is looking rather well with regard to the solar sector
  • the price of silicon has dropped by half in less than two years. This makes solar panels cheaper to produce and buy and has been at the root of the recent oversupply.

Check out the charts about the above-mentined points here.

So the fact that solar power is a safe bet for those considering to invest is not exactly an insider tip anymre.small_sun.gif

Solar stocks were actually burning up this week, up to a 41% share price boom – $8.68 a share – for some. A pair of massive Southern California solar power plantsA photovoltaic plant is a power station that generates electrical power by using photovoltaic cells; usually such a power plant feeds electricity into the public grid.Grid-connected photovoltaic systems are connected to the public grid through an inverter and feed-in electricity into the public ... were snatched up by a  Warren Buffett company. The 579-megawatt pair of money-generators is still under development and are said to form the largest permitted solar photovoltaic powerPhotovoltaics (PV) is the field of technology and research related to the application of solar cells for energy by converting sunlight directly into electricity. Solar power is sometimes used as a synonym to refer to electricity generated from solar radiation. development in the world. In fact, at peak it will equal the output  of a big fossil fuelEnergy from fossil sources, such as natural gas and oil. This type of energy contributes to climate change and because of its finite nature it is not a permanent resource. power plant. The deal between SunPower Corp and MidAmerican Solar, a subsidiary of a holdings owned by Buffett’s company Berkshire Hathaway, is worth as much as $2.5 billion. Construction of both  solar projects is planned to begin this year, and it is expected that the power plants will feed into the gridA grid is a network of transmission lines, usually to distribute electric power . by the end of 2015.

Exting stuff that even the most serious business types cannot ignore any longer – and if such development helps reduce CO2Carbon dioxide (CO2) is emitted in several ways. Naturally through the carbon cycle and through human activities like the burning of fossil fuels. These human activities have increased CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere since the beginning of the industrial revolution and these high ... emissins and contributes to the switch to low-carbon economies, who are we to complain? The neccessary change will only come about if solar, windWind occurs due to different temperature levels in the atmosphere (troposphere) which are heated up by the sun. A typical example are the trade winds at the equator where the sun is most powerful. and other clean energy technolgies go mainstream!

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