On Wednesday, September 5th, 2:00-3:00 pm, Larry Sherwood reviewed the data and the details from IREC’s recent U.S. Solar Market Trends Report.

IREC U.S. Solar Market Trends Report 2011Now in its fifth year in this annual report from IREC, Sherwood compiles and analyzes public data on U.S. solar installations by technology, state and market sector for 2011.   It covers solar technologies that produce electricity, including photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP).

“More than 1.8 GWDC of photovoltaic installations were completed in 2011 at 64,000 sites,” said Sherwood.  “More utility-scale systems, and an increase in the average system size accounted for this dramatic growth.”Falling photovoltaic prices, strong consumer demand, and financial incentives from the federal government, states and utilities meant that twice as much photovoltaic solar was installed in 2011, as was installed in 2010.”

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Larry Sherwood
Larry is President of Sherwood Associates, a renewable energy consulting firm. Larry has nearly 30 years of experience in the renewable energy field. He is Project Administrator for the Solar America Board for Codes and Standards, Executive Director of the Small Wind Certification Council, author of the IREC Report, U.S. Solar Market Trends 2007, and Editor of the IREC Small Wind Newsletter.  Previously, Larry served as Executive Director of the American Solar Energy Society and Executive Director of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.