I'm starting to think of the solar industry as the little engine that could. Despite all the public debate over expenses, challenges with financing programs, and other market inhibitors, there is a new report out that suggests there could be 1 gigawatt of installed solar power technology installed in this year alone.
The research from the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research suggest that capacity growth of both photovoltaic and concentrating solar power technologies could increase by 100 percent this year, compared with last year. That's based on the fast pace of projects that happened in the first six months of 2010. Some specific numbers: