Intersolar: How the US can grow, support solar PV

July 11, 2011 – A spirited panel discussion involving solar PV industry organizations, vendors, and even local government gathered on the first day of Intersolar North America to come up with ideas about whether and how the US can grow and nurture solar PV as a viable energy alternative, from consumers to utility and overall with policymaking decisions.

Fielding the first volley from panel moderator (and solar industry luminary) Eicke Weber from Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE whether they are satisfied with solar PV progress in the US, and specifically California, analyst Paul Gipe with Wind Works replied that Ontario has a FiT and installed 350MW in 2011, well on its way to becoming the largest PV market in North America. And the US’ 2GW installations is half of Italy’s 4GW in 2010, and Italy is reining in its market just to keep doing 2GW for several years out. How, then, can anyone in a nation 5

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