The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest municipal utility in the U.S., is reportedly ready to reintroduce a solar incentive program (SIP) it abruptly dropped in April, ostensibly to address issues like lack of funding, a backlog of more than 500 applications, some safety concerns, and possible misrepresentations by solar installers.
A paper on rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity and market penetration in the U.S., written by three National Renewable Energy Laboratory colleagues (Easan Drury, Paul Denholm and Robert Margolis), shows that fully 1 gigawatt (GW) of the world’s 15 gigawatts of solar PV was installed in the U.S. alone by December of 2009.
Last month a coalition formed between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats forced the Labour Party out of office in the United Kingdom. This move has changed the country's energy and climate change policy.
The introduction of Britain's feed-in tariff initiative, the Clean Energy Cashback scheme, last month, has led to growth in the residential solar industry.