Understanding US Solar Energy Adoption – Past and Future.
There are several fantastic free resources available on the internet for tracking the progress of the US solar pv industry. Students of US solar energy will find both of these links very useful in determining the current solar energy adoption not only in the whole country, by to the level of state and even zip code.
By using the free program called The Open PV Project from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory you can go back in time to any location and see the amount of installed solar pv. You can also see what the average price was per kwatt for systems displayed.
The second important free link shown below displays which states in the US allow net metering and which so far do not.
That is why the site is called Freeing the grid.
What Is The Future For US Solar Energy?
In this recorded web cast the professor uses these free tool to track the progress over time of solar pv projects and net metering. By studing the history for this, he shows the current rate of adoption and projects what the coming years may bring.