Why California Has Nearly Quadrupled Solar Installations Since Last Year

In the first four months of 2010, California solar applications totaled nearly much as in all four quarters last year, according to Mark Bachman of Auriga USA. Through all of 2009, Californians installed 265 MW on their rooftops, about the size of one typical electric power station. This year we have collectively already installed another 252 MW – just through April. In a piece at Forbes, Bachman attributes the “staggering increase” to the solar panel price drop. But actually, my experience tells me it was something different. Two Californian clean tech innovations, one taking cost out of the equation altogether – drove installation increases at least as much as the cheaper panels.