Intersolar North America opens its exhibition doors today off the back of a bumper year of PV installations in the US.
With conference sessions kicking off in San Francisco on Monday, attention today will turn to the exhibition halls, where optimism among visitors is understandable despite warnings of complacency.
At the official opening of Intersolar North America on Monday evening, Governor Jerry Brown stressed that while California had made great strides in improving its sustainability, there was still much work to be done with solar playing an important role in that future.
“We have to invent not just gadgets, but keep our eye on the big goal. The big goal is to build a more equitable and just society…and that’s why solar is so important,” said Brown.
Jerry Brown at Intersolar conference kickoff: “we haven't made the turn yet to sustainability”
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San Francisco mayor Edwin Lee praised his city’s contribution to solar’s progress over the years with a nod to the entrepreneurial spirit that dates back to the gold rush.
According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) 4.75GW of solar power capacity was installed in 2013.
Improving financial conditions for the residential sector through securitisation and increased direct ownership schemes should offer hope that it could break the 1GW mark this year.
The rise of yield cos and ever lowering costs should offer hope to the utility-scale sector that its boom period can continue.