Solar

Solar energy in the land of the debt ceiling and solar states

Paula Mints of Navigant Consulting, shares her “strong opinions” about solar energy, including US subsidies and the debt ceiling, as well as 2011 buying/installation, in an interview at Intersolar North America.

July 18, 2011 — Paula Mints of Navigant Consulting, shares her “strong opinions” about solar energy, including US subsidies and the debt ceiling, as well as 2011 buying/installation, in an interview at Intersolar North America.

The mood in Washington DC seems to be to let the states continue to “do their own thing,” Mints says, and some are getting tense, like New Jersey. Hawaii, a small market, is picking up. The biggest and most important solar energy state remains California.

Mints also covers data on solar energy demand. 2010 saw “significant buying” at the end of the year, with a great deal of this solar buying now being installed. This year, not as much buying is happening, and installs are still high.

Check out more of Mints’ analysis from Intersolar North America 2011:
Enthusiasm abounds at US market session

Capacity conundrum: Happy consumers, worried suppliers

BoS rules of thumb, field food for thought

MoonShot SunShot: Will the US commit the long-term funds to achieve its goals?