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Solar Mythbusting Part 1
Myth #1: The Solar Industry isn’t creating jobs.
First, the industry grew by 69 percent in the past year, making it one of the fastest growing sectors in the U.S. economy. You can’t have that kind of growth without creating jobs. Next, according to the results of an employment survey conducted by the Solar Foundation an independent research group in Washington DC, the solar industry now employs more than 100,000 Americans, double the number in 2009. ‘”They work at more than 500 companies, the vast majority of which are small businesses, in all 50 states. The survey results released in October show that between August 2010 and August 2011, solar industry job growth was 6.8%. That in contrast to a 0.7% job growth in the economy in general.
Myth #2: Solar works only in states like California.
Sure there is plenty of sunshine in California, Arizona and New Mexico. There is also plenty of sunshine for solar energy in other places. Actually solar energy works in all 50 states.
The Truth is that by a least one measure, California is not the lead location for solar. Less than one-third of the photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2011 was installed in California and more PV was installed on commercial buildings in New Jersey than in California during that quarter. If solar PV technology didn’t work, building owners in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan and New York wouldn’t be buying it. And worldwide, Germany has more installed solar capacity than any other country and it received roughly the same amount of sunshine as Alaska.
Myth #3:The market for solar energy is very small.
When you look at current production capacity alone, then yes, solar represents far less than 10% of total U.S. electricity production. Look at the growth rate however, and the picture changes. In 2010 alone, $6 billion worth of finished solar energy systems were installed in the U.S. and as noted in Myth #1, the solar market grew by 69 percent last year. Photovoltaic and solar-thermal energy systems are predicted to meet most of the world’s demand for electricity by 2060, and half of all energy needs. The International Energy Commissions renewable energy division is set to publish a report later this year revising its previous forecast which showed that solar would meet about 21 percent of the world’s power in 2050. Cedric Philibert, senior analyst in the renewable energy division of the IEC said,”Photovoltaic and concentrated solar power together can become the major source of electricity. You’ll have a lot more electricity that today but most of it will be produced by solar-electric technologies.
The scenario indicates that there are lots of solar energy systems to be sold, designed and installed. The global economy runs on electricity and even transportation is getting into the mix in a big way. So the demand for electricity will continue to grow at an astounding rate. Continuing even the 40-60% annual solar growth rate we’ve seen over the past few years will not achieve the IEC’s prediction – the solar market must grow significantly faster that it has been growing. At the turn of the 20th century, most America homes and business were still lit by oil lamps. Most industrial operations were powered by direct hydro or steam. Electricity was seen as a novelty, with not enough market penetration to have any real impact on the nation or the economy. But the rate of growth of electrical infrastructure and generating capacity –
Solar Mythbusting Part 2 will be presented in the February 2012 Issue.
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