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]

The largest solar installation company in the state is E Light Wind and Solar, followed by Quanta Power Generation and juwi solar.[4]

Solar farms[edit]

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Installed capacity[edit]

Colorado Solar Capacity (MWp)[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]
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% 2.4 1.4
2012 299.6 102.9 52% 31.8 29.4
2013 360.4 58.0 19% 31.8 0
2014 400 67 20% 31.8 0
2015 544 144 36% 31.8 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Powerhouse Solar Shingle
  2. ^ GE to Build Solar-Panel Plant in Colorado
  3. ^ GE Halts Colorado PV Solar Mega Plant
  4. ^ Solar Power World
  5. ^ Colorado gets massive boost in solar power capacity, Denver Business Journal, Dec 23, 2015
  6. ^ CRMS Solar Farm
  7. ^ Major Solar Projects
  8. ^ Sherwood, Larry (August 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2011" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  9. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2010). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2009" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 23. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  10. ^ Sherwood, Larry (June 2011). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2010" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 20. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 
  11. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2012). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2012" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). p. 16. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  12. ^ Sherwood, Larry (July 2014). "U.S. Solar Market Trends 2013" (PDF). Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Retrieved 2014-09-26. 
  13. ^ "Spotlight Colorado" (PDF). Solar Energy Industries Association. September 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  14. ^ Colorado Solar

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