GREAT article on what happened in solar in 2008. Here’s a preview or download the full report:
The U.S. solar energy industry grew to new heights in 2008 and many industry observers expect that growth to continue in 2009. Total capacity grew by 1,265 megawatts (MW)1 in 2008, up from 1,159 MW installed in 2007.2 This brings the total installed capacity up by 17 percent to 8,775 MW. Capacity in both photovoltaic (PV) and solar water heating systems grew at record levels. And while no new concentrating solar power (CSP) plants were completed in 2008, projects totaling more than 6 ,000 MW are in the pipeline with signed purchase power agreements.