I don’t know what the future of photo-voltaic electricity is but it’s becoming common enough that I’m beginning to notice it. Back in April, on a trip to NC, I passed several very large solar panel fields in Eastern North Carolina. I mentioned it to my brother who lived in the area and was told there are several more just like it.
Last week while driving through the Lower 9th Ward of New Orléans I noticed that almost all new or rehabilitated homes were sporting solar arrays on their roofs. Later in the week I drove past a very large solar field just to the east of Memphis, TN along I-40.
Ohio, according to the following fact list, is not sitting on its buttocks when it comes to solar.
Facts on the Ohio Solar Industry
- There are currently more than 188 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Ohio, employing 3,800.
- In 2013, Ohio installed 21 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it 20th nationally.
- The 91 MW of solar energy currently installed in Ohio ranks the state 16th in the country in installed solar capacity. There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 10,500 homes.
- In 2013, $72 million was invested in Ohio to install solar for home, business and utility use.
- Average installed residential and commercial photovoltaic system prices in Ohio have fallen by 12% in the last year. The price to install solar on homes and business has dropped steadily across the country — by 4% from last year and 37% from 2010.
The absolutely coolest solar thing I’ve come across lately is an idea from a company called Indiego and they are playing around with solar panels made tough enough to be used as paving bricks on highways, playgrounds, and parking lots. Don’t know how far they are from production but watch the video below and tell me this isn’t coolest freakin’ thing you’ve seen in a while.