Top Solar States

Statistics on each individual states energy production through solar energy in USA

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After looking into the development of renewable energy infrastructures around the world, I’d like to take a closer look at our own progress here at home.  Which states are ramping up the clean energy production, and how?

Let’s look at the top 5 States for Solar Energy, photovoltaic and otherwise:

1. California – 1032.7 MW

It shouldn’t surprise anyone to see California at the top of this list.  The state is well-known for its progressive energy policies and one of the most aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standards of any state (target of reaching 33% renewable by 2020).  California has doubled the amount of solar capacity since 2009, and is set to increase it another 400 megawatts with the massive new 400 Ivanpah solar thermal plant coming online this year.  The Ivanpah plant is a unique array in the desert which directs the heat of the sun towards one of three towers, where…

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China is buying up a third of the world’s solar panels

Looks like there will a sun rising in the east for solar power.


China has long been the world’s supplier of low-cost solar panels, and now it’s a major market for them, too. According to research firm NPD’s SolarBuzz report, in the last quarter of 2012 China bought up 33 percent of the world’s solar panel supply.

In contrast, two years prior China accounted for less than 10 percent of the world’s solar panel sales. The shift is a combo of slowing sales in Europe and strong subsidies for solar panels in China.

NPD SolarBuzzSelling solar panels into China is a bit different than selling them to European or U.S. markets. NPD analyst Michael Barker, says:

“The Chinese end-market has different module supplier preferences, pricing expectations, and routes to market. However, threatened by the impact of global trade barriers, the biggest challenge will fall on Chinese manufacturers that are restricted to domestic demand only.”

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Deep sea bacteria could provide breakthroughs for solar panels

Solar starting to get into the news.


Bacteria that live almost a mile under the surface of the ocean, where light is scare, have adapted biological ways to harness tiny amounts of light very efficiently, and in some cases can use photosynthesis to convert 100 percent of the light they find into electricity. In contrast a typical solar panel commonly converts around 15 percent of sunlight into electricity.

Now researchers at the University of Cambridge are studying the light-harvesting proteins of the deep sea Green Sulfur Bacteria to see if they can provide breakthroughs for solar energy and other electricity devices. The research is in an area called quantum biology, and the scientists say it falls outside of ‘classical’ physics, and into quantum physics.

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Organisms that do photosynthesis use a network of pigments held in place by protein structures, or what scientists call pigment-protein complexes, where electrons are harvested. In many organisms as the electrons move through…

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Warren Buffett shines on solar sector

Well done Warren. Perhaps he believes in global warming.


When the Oracle of Omaha makes an investment, others follow. Even if it’s in a sector that’s been hammered in recent months: solar. This week Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company acquired two massive solar panel plants — which together represent some of the largest solar assets in the world — from SunPower. The Antelope Valley Solar Projects, to be built in Southern California, are worth some $2 billion to $2.5 billion collectively.

Buffett has been bullish on solar for awhile. A year ago around this time, MidAmerican also bought the $2 billion Topaz Solar Farm, in Southern California, and a 49 percent interest in the $1.8 billion Agua Caliente solar project, in Arizona.

Following news of the deal, solar stocks are up collectively across the board. As Forbe’s Eric Savitz point out: SunPower, JA Solar, Yingli Green Energy, Suntech, and First Solar are all up. And newly…

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Pet hates – lack of data cleansing

What is wrong with these companies that sell you their products and services and then call you again and again to sell you the same thing again, within months?

Answer – they do not cleanse their data.

I’ve had solar panels installed, and since installed the same company has rung me 4 times to attempt to sell me solar power.

Each time I have told them to take me off the sales list, and put us on to the sold list.
Every time their staff, 4 different ones have told me they will do so.

Well, here’s the thing, after 3 failed attempts I don’t believe them.
So I am going to consider whether I should name and shame them, I think it is the least I can do.
Why ?
Firstly, it is a complete waste of their time and money, and someone running telesales needs a serious kick up the rear end.

Secondly we had a serious issue with the instillation which should have been sorted before it was installed, and because of a truly ignorant scaffolding company, I had to use all my years of negotiating skills to bring the situation where it was barely acceptable to us.

Thirdly the scaffolding company walks in your pond and smashes garden chairs by throwing the the scaffolding fixings on to the lawn, some of which are still here, as they took no care where they threw them.

Before you think I’m acting out of anger the panels were fitted in early May.
It is just this fourth call to try and sell me solar power again, just adds insult to a very bad experience.

So I will now forward the blog to the aforementioned (not yet mentioned) company and if they ring again, I will edit this blog to name them.

Rant over – come on people – clean your data bases before annoying your customers !