In a move to boost renewable-energy generation in Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday signed a controversial bill doubling the renewable-energy target for rural electric cooperatives.
United States: More Insights Into Solar and Utilities: Large-Scale Integration, Self-Ownership, and Net Metering
SEPA tracks more than 300,000 solar projects, which amount to 6.1 GW installed across the U.S. The group's 2012 report spans more than 96 percent of the national solar electric power market and more than 260 of the most solar-active utilities.
The trend for U.S. solar PV projects in the mid-size range (100 kW to 2 MW) has been changing considerably, from individual installations (on municipal or school buildings, for example) to multi-site projects. As opposed to previous single-site developments, project master plans now embrace the bigger picture, outlining the needs of an entire town, county, or school district. Typically, contracts cover everything from development to operations and maintenance of the system for up to 25 years, often with no cost to the host for installation.