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1 “State of Solar” Energy in the U.S. Kathy Jack Environmental Science University of North Texas October 4, 2014

2 Solar Energy Technologies Soalr One, Barstow, CA. power-plants/ Jarlanbah EcoVillage, Nimbin, Australia. Red Oak Subdivtision. Boulder,CO.

3 U.S. Primary Energy Consumption by Source ( ) U.S. Energy Information Administration. Monthly Energy Review. September as % total.03%.06%.1%

4 Cumulative Solar by Technology (2013) Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).U.S. Solar Market Trends 2013 (2014); GW DC derated by 13.% as recommended by Larry Sherwood, IREC (Oct 2014) GW AC.4% total U.S. electricity

5 New Electric Generation by Technology USEIA and IREC in U.S. Solar Market Trends :5 and U.S. Solar Market Trends 2013, 2014: 6. PTC was slated to end 12/12, but extended by American Taxpayer Relief Act 0f 2012

6 Cumulative Installed GPV in U.S. Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).U.S. Solar Market Trends 2013 (2014:8). 82% of cumulative GPV installed in last 3 years!

7 Annual Installed GPV by Sector ( ) Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).U.S. Solar Market Trends : 12.

8 Annual Installed GPV by Sector ( ) Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).U.S. Solar Market Trends : 12 34% increase Total 47% increase in utility 68% increase in residential 92% PPA Increase in leases 8% decrease

9 Top 10 States - Annual PV Installation Capacity Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).U.S. Solar Market Trends 2013 (2014:17).

10 PV Leases - California Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on California Solar Initiative data at USEI,

11 Trends/Drivers Installed Cost- LBNL Tracking the Sun VII; Annual Installed PV Capacity- IREC Solar Market Trends 2013; Freeing the Grid:http://freeingthegrid.org/ ; WRI Bottom Line on Renewable Energy Tax Credits: A.R.R.A 2009 E.R.S.A A’s/B’s Net Metering A’s/B’s Interconnection RPS- 20 RPS utility or gov. rebates Workforce development Financing Ownership models EPA 2005

12 Installed Cost of PV LBNL. Tracking the Sun VII (2014). 44% in 4 years 11%

13 Annual Installed CPS in U.S. ( ) The most CSP capacity ever installed in U.S. in a single year 3 new CSP plants GW DC

14 On the Horizon Continued work on Soft Costs Continued Growth expected Grid Saturation – Technical – Loss revenue

15 Key Sources Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). – – U.S. Solar Market Trends (also ) Database for State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE). IREC, USDOE, NCSC. – U.S. Energy Information Administration. – – Monthly Energy Review. Freeing the Grid:


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