By Carter Lavin

PV Solar Report guest contributor

The politics that surround and shape the solar industry can be confusing and hard to navigate. We as an industry must have a richer understanding of these politics so that we may shift them to our advantage. While politics are fluid, these five themes can help guide your understanding of why the solar industry is the way it is, how that situation can be altered, and which groups are making changes. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, and I look forward to hearing what you would add to it!


Even without the vast amounts of sun and space that are available in the southwest, the east coast of the U.S. has become a hotspot for solar over the past few years. This is at least partly driven by solar-friendly policy that has made adoption more financially feasible. As a result of this, the Mid-Atlantic region not only features two of the top ten solar states but is even home to two of the five states that we should be watching for growth.


Arizona Public Service (APS), often considered a staunch opponent of Arizona’s burgeoning rooftop solar industy, has made a surprising about-face. This week, APS announced its intentions to enter the residential solar market. Under the purview of its solar initiative program AZ Sun, APS plans to install PV panels on up to 3000 residences by 2015.


The Energy Information Administration issues a new report predicting that 83 GW of renewable capacity will be added in the U.S. through 2040, with nearly half of that coming from solar PV. SEIA president and CEO Rhone Resch responds to the report, urging a commitment to policies that support solar in the U.S.




RGS Energy and Mosaic announce that they have partnered to launch the Mosaic Home Solar Loan.