I will be one of the many attending Solar Power International in Dallas, Texas next week. I hear it's been in the 90s, so along shorts I'll also keep these solar facts in mind as I'm getting ready for the big conference.
The U.S. solar industry is actually booming, creating tens of thousands of domestic jobs and increasing domestic manufacturing. More than 6,700 new solar jobs were created between August 2010 and August 2011 in the U.S.
America's electric utilities are ramping up their use of solar power, and not just in the sunny Southwest. They are expanding across the United States. According to Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the U.S. now has over 3,100 MW of installed solar power, enough to power 630,000 homes!
Solar power, once heavily concentrated in California and the Southwest, is now rapidly spreading into regions throughout the country – in fact, one of the states moving the fastest is New Jersey.
According to Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) 2010 Solar Rankings survey, 63% of new capacity came from states other than California. The top 10 U.S. states include California, New Jersey, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Colorado, North Carolina, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts and Hawaii.
For states such as Texas, which are prone to heat and drought, solar energy helps preserve water resources and helps alleviate strain on the electrical grid during peak demand, resulting in a decrease of power shortages.
It's a very exciting time for the industry so should be a great show. Hope to see you there!