Environment Counts | Millionth U.S. solar PV system installed in early 2016 :
A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy reports some remarkable progress in clean energy in the U.S. The millionth distributed solar PV installation occurred in early 2016. In 2015 utility-scale solar PV capacity grew by 43% reaching a total capacity of 14 GW. Wind accounted for 41% of new generation capacity in 2015. Through the middle of 2016 half a million EVs had been sold.
But perhaps the most remarkable statistics are about the reduction in the cost of clean energy since 2008; 41% reduction in the cost of onshore wind, and 54% in distributed solar PV. The lithium-ion battery packs used in the majority of grid-connected batteries have declined in cost by over 60% between 2007 and 2014. Utility-scale batteries have increased in capacity by a factor of 10X since 2008. Both utility and consumer scale batteries are expected to decline in cost by another 20-27% in the next two years. Revolution…Now 2016 Accelerating Clean Energy Deployment