The 250-MW California Valley Solar Ranch, now under construction, will provide power to PG&E’s grid. The facility’s solar trackers follow the sun’s movement during the day, increasing sunlight capture over conventional fixed-tilt systems, while significantly reducing land-use requirements.
The headline is as dazzling as a winter sunrise in the Rockies: “U.S. Solar Market Grew 76% in 2012.” In fact, last year the United States installed 3,313 MW of photovoltaics (PV), which, according to a recent Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) report, was a 76% hike over 2011. What’s more, for the first time in recent history, the report noted, “The U.S. market share of global installations rose above 10%.” And 2013 seems to be picking up where 2012 ...
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