Small-Scale Solar Panel Installations Soar Through Subsidies, While Solar Cell Costs Plummet, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

What could be more appealing than generating electricity from sunshine?  Ever since scientists at the famed Bell Laboratories first demonstrated a solar cell based on silicon in 1954, solar power has been seen as one of the most desirable, if technically challenging, means of creating electricity or heat.  Solar power accounted for about 587 trillion BTUs (British thermal units), or 5.7% of all energy consumed in the U.S. during 2016, compared to 431 trillion BTUs in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.  Installed solar power capacity on a global basis rose from 24,265 megawatts in 2009 to 301…

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