Studies & Research

The major focus of this website is to provide news on Solar Industry developments in California. Yet we recognize that studies and research conducted elsewhere address issues with implication for developments within the state. This section provides a selection of reports summarized in news releases that may be California-specific, or which may have primarily a US national or international perspective with implications for the Solar Industry in California. Studies and research are incorporated based on their geographic perspective.


California-Specific

New Data Indicates California Remains Ahead of Clean Electricity Goals

Data from the California Energy Commission (CEC) shows that 59 percent of the state’s electricity came from renewable and zero-carbon sources in Read More →

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Study: California could get 74% of power from rooftop solar

Rooftop solar panels could meet three-quarters of California’s electricity needs and about 40 percent of the country’s electricity needs, according to a new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Read More →

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Could Solar Energy Be California’s Next Cash Crop?

Several years ago, Nick Rajkovich bought 1,200 acres in California’s Fresno County, planning to grow almonds for his family’s farming business. The ranch had a steady supply of water at the time. But that changed with the state’s latest, relentless drought: Federal water deliveries over the past three years dwindled to zero. “Now the almonds are dead,” Rajkovich says; and with the land bone dry and no relief in sight, “The only thing we can farm is the sun. That’s why solar is the obvious choice for us.” Read More →

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California Leads a Quiet Revolution

With its progressive politics, high-tech bent and abundant sunshine, California is fast ramping up its production of clean electricity, setting an example its leaders hope the rest of the country, and other nations, will follow as they seek to cut emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide. Read More →

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U.S. Solar Market Insight™

olar Market Insight report is a collaborative effort between the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Greentech Media (GTM) Research that provides a quarterly and annual solar-specific analyses and forecasts. On a quarterly basis, GTM Research conducts surveys of installers, manufacturers, utilities and state agencies from which it produces a report on trends in the U.S. photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) markets. Read More →

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US National

There’s a Mind-Bending Amount of Solar in the US Pipeline

Nathaniel Bullard At the end of 2021, the US had 1,144 gigawatts of utility-scale electricity generation capacity. That includes everything Read More →

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U.S. Solar Market Insight- Second Quarter 2022

The U.S. installed 4.6 gigawatts (GWdc) of solar PV capacity in Q2 2022 to reach 130.9 GWdc of total installed capacity, Read More →

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Solar Market Insight Report 2021 Year in Review

In 2021, the US solar market installed a record 23.6 GWdcof solar capacity, a 19% increase over 2020. Solar accounted Read More →

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What’s happening with U.S. solar after four months of panel tariffs

Here we are, four months after 30% panel tariffs were placed on imported crystalline silicon solar panels. Who are the winners, Read More →

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US Residential and Utility-Scale Solar Markets See Installations Fall for the First Time

The problem with experiencing a year of explosive market growth is that it can make subsequent years look soft — Read More →

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International

SOLAR PV- MORE EFFORTS NEEDED

Power generation from solar PV increased by a record 179 TWh in 2021, marking 22% growth on 2020. Solar PV accounted Read More →

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Net Zero by 2050 (International Energy Agency)

The number of countries announcing pledges to achieve net-zero emissions over the coming decades continues to grow. But the pledges Read More →

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Renewables Threaten German Economy & Energy Supply, McKinsey Warns In New Report

A new report by consulting giant McKinsey finds that Germany’s Energiewende, or energy transition to renewables, poses a significant threat to the nation’s economy and energy supply. One of Germany’s largest newspapers, Die Welt, summarized the findings of the McKinsey report in a single word: “disastrous.” “Problems are manifesting in all three dimensions of the energy industry triangle: climate protection, the security of supply and economic efficiency,” writes McKinsey. Read More →

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Carbon dioxide levels reach global milestone

Worldwide levels of carbon dioxide — the gas scientists say is most responsible for global warming — reached a significant Read More →

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