The top 10 US Utilities ranked by solar capacity additions installed 561 megawatts (MW) of new solar capacity in 2010 – demonstrating 100% growth over 2009, according to the Solar Electric Power Association’s (SEPA) Top 10 Utility Solar Rankings released recently. SEPA’s annual top 10 list ranks utilities by solar megawatts added as well as solar watts-per-customer. It provides great insight into the trends of solar deployment across the country.
For the first time ever, 63% of the new solar capacity added by utilities in the US came from utilities outside California. Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG & E) maintained it leadership status by adding 157 MW of solar in 2010. However, Florida Power & Light (FP & L) and New Jersey’s Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE & G) raced to grab the number 2 and 3 spots with 87 MW and 68 MW respectively.
Last Monday Applied Materials celebrated the summer solstice – the day the sun shines in the northern hemisphere for the longest period of time all year – by hosting a five day series of online conversations via Twitter on various aspects of solar energy.
These one-hour conversations featured a different expert each day to discuss various topics including solar energy legislation, utility scale solar, the solar industry in China and the benefits of solar installations, to name a few.
Rob DeLine, managing director of solar marketing at Applied Materials, discussed the positive economic impact of utility scale solar and its potential to create jobs and manufacturing ecosystems in communities across the world on Twitter today as part of this week’s series of online conversations on various aspects of solar energy.
Here at Applied we talk a lot about scale, because ultimately scale is the key to unlocking solar power’s potential to transform our energy economy. The reason for this is simple: scale drives down costs. This is the essential lesson of solar’s historical development, and it has important implications for solar’s future.
Applied Materials will be hosting a series of online conversation via Twitter on various aspects of solar energy June 21 – 25 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm PT each day.
These one-hour conversations, will kick off the first day of summer - Summer Solstice - by featuring a different expert each day to discuss various topics including solar energy legislation, utility scale solar, the solar industry in China and the benefits of solar installations, to name a few.
Renewable Energy World North America magazine features an excerpt from a presentation by Applied Materials' Dr. Charles Gay, President for Applied Solar, speaking at the Industry Strategy Symposium held earlier this year. Dr. Gay discussed current solar industry dynamics, how photovoltaic solar power will evolve in the next decade and the factors that will drive that evolution, including where electricity is being generated, what people are doing with it, and the policy shifts required to grow the market. Click here to read the full excerpt!
In case you missed it, this month Power Engineering magazine features Kirk Hasserjian, Applied Materials' VP and GM for the company's SunFab thin film solar business, on the four independent metrics contributing to the cost-comepetitveness of solar PV. Below is an excerpt from the article:
California will miss its 20% RPS target in 2010, and the very issues that caused the state to miss its 2010 goal will persist as we slog toward a 33% RPS goal by 2020. So say some folks that ought to know.
Last night, Climate One and the Commonweatlh Club of California hosted a roundtable with four highly successful professionals, each dedicated to achieving California’s aggressive RPS goals while also establishing a robust clean tech industry that creates and keeps jobs in the state of California. On stage was (L to R) a pro-renewable chairman of the California Public Utility Commission, Mike Peevey, an executive from a progressive utility, Nancy McFadden of PG&E, a CEO from the #1 solar capital equipment company, Mike Splinter of Applied Materials, a practical environmentalist, Bob Epstein of Environmental Entrepreneurs, and, no, that’s not an oxymoron, as well as moderator, Greg Dalton founder of Climate One.
Schwarzenegger highlighted how the Californian dream is not over – calling the state a pioneering mega-state that is the greenest, most diverse, and most globalized state in the union with an unparalleled engine of innovation.
Solar power is gaining in popularity as a renewable energy source, yet still remains a small part of California's overall energy supply. How will this situation change, in light of a state plan calling for a massive scaling up of renewable sources by 2030? What factors are driving the ongoing decrease in the price of photovoltaic systems, and what technology, project financing and policy will enhance the availability and affordability of residential, commercial and utility scale solar power? A panel of experts discusses the bright future for sun energy in the Golden State.
As the world’s demand for energy continues to escalate, solar power is proving to be one of the most abundant resources available to provide clean, cost-effective energy.
Recently, Applied Materials introduced a solar rebate program that allows its U.S. employees to take advantage of currently available incentives to save on future electricity bills, further the movement toward renewable energy and reduce their carbon footprint in the process.