US solar deployment grew tenfold since 2008
September 2013: According to a new report by the US Department of Energy, solar PV deployment in the United States grew tenfold since 2008 - from about 735 megawatts to over 7,200 megawatts. The growth resulted from about a 75% decline in PV costs - from US$3.40/watt to about US$0.80 /watt - over the same period.
“In recent years, costs for numerous critical clean energy technologies - wind power, solar panels, super energy-efficient LED lights and electric vehicles - have fallen significantly. The accompanying surge in deployment has been truly spectacular…The clean technology revolution is upon us.”
Dr. Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of Energy