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Solar Energy Markets by Philip G. Jordan

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Introduction

An Overview of the Solar Industry

This chapter reviews the up-and-down history of the solar industry with a particular focus on the boom and bust from the 1970s to today. In addition, the chapter includes a brief overview of the important categories in which solar is divided, based on technology type and size. The chapter provides an overview of current trends (at the time of printing) and specific insight into the import–export makeup of the US solar market.

This chapter also reviews the key themes that policy makers and advocates frequently discuss, such as price parity, storage mechanisms, and installation growth. It addresses the relationships among the United States, Europe, and China before outlining the remainder of the ...

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