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Where We Rank in Solar Power

Jan-7-2012 By Barbara Zak

Where We Rank In Solar Power

The blog entitled 1bog, stands for One Block off the Grid.  I wanted to pass along their new infographic: The Top Ten Countries Using Solar. The graphic explores the rapid growth of the solar power market in Europe, and how we here in the U.S., rank and measure up.

To view this graphic as a full page visit this link. Infographic: The Top Ten Countries Using Solar .

Where We Rank in Solar Power- Germany is the leader

According to this graphic, Germany has set the pace in solar power growth since 2010.  They continue to attract investors with remarkable low prices, and a feed-in tariff, that has allowed for price certainty and long term contracts.  They are now in the best position in Europe, to consider self consumption,  making a smooth transition and integration of solar systems into the grid.

Where We Rank- 7th in Solar Power

Here in the U.S. the solar power market is poised for rapid growth. However, we rank seventh on the global scale. The rising cost of electricity, along with a high level of insulation (meaning how much sunshine we get) has consumers looking to the sun for economic answers.  California, dominates the U.S. solar power market, with 60% of all installations. They also boast a very good school, called Boots on the Roof.  In a prior post of mine, Put Your Green Boots on the Roof, I spoke of how the school offers top notch, training and certification in solar installations.

In recent news, a California based company called Wagan Tech, is making available solar power generators available for in home installation, and at great prices.  As for where we rank in solar power, it could be better.  But, we have planned projects, that represent strong future growth, and a consumer market that is looking to green up with solar power.  We are working toward a better tomorrow and a brighter and greener future.

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