Solar power in Colorado

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Solar power in Colorado has grown rapidly, partly because of one of the most favorable net metering laws in the country, with no limit on the number of users. Colorado was the first state where Dow introduced their solar shingles.[1] General Electric is planning on building a solar panel plant in Aurora, Colorado, to produce 400 MW of thin film CdTe panels each year,[2] but has delayed construction for at least 18 months with the drop in worldwide photovoltaics prices.[3]

A 31% tariff on solar cells made in China initiated by request of SolarWorld is expected to have little effect in the United States, as suppliers will simply shift to cells made in Taiwan and Malaysia for the U.S. market, which is a much smaller market compared to Europe and China. Almost 75% of photovoltaics installed in 2011 was in Europe. One company that was affected is Suntech, which reported a 34.9% decrease in revenue.[4] Suntech, the largest maker of solar panels, made some of the panels used for the Nellis Solar Power Plant, in Nevada.[5] The largest solar installation company in the state is E Light Wind and Solar, followed by Quanta Power Generation and juwi solar.[6]

Solar farms[edit]


Installed capacity[edit]

Colorado Solar Capacity (MWp)[9][10][11][12]
Year Photovoltaics CSP
Capacity Installed % Change Capacity Installed % Change
2007 14.6 11.5 371%
2008 35.7 21.7 145%
2009 59.1 23.4 66%
2010 121.1 62.0 105% 1 1
2011 196.7 75.5 62% 1 0 0%
2012 299.6 102.9 52% 1 0 0

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Powerhouse Solar Shingle
  2. ^ GE to Build Solar-Panel Plant in Colorado
  3. ^ GE Halts Colorado PV Solar Mega Plant
  4. ^ Chinese solar power firms protest proposed EU probe
  5. ^ China Solar Panel Maker Sets First U.S. Plant
  6. ^ Solar Power World
  7. ^ CRMS Solar Farm
  8. ^ Major Solar Projects
  9. ^ Sherwood, Larry (August 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2011". Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  10. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2010). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2009". Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 23. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  11. ^ Sherwood, Larry (June 2011). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2010". Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 20. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  12. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2012" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 

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