The US economy is consuming 2.00% less energy than its five year average seen prior to the 2008 financial crisis. Some will be cheered by this data, and indeed there are small nuggets of good news here. First, US consumption of oil—which turned flattish after the 2004 repricing—is down significantly, by over 10% since 2007. [...]
One Thin Film Manufacturer’s Cost Roadmap
First Solar’s Q1 update had this graph showing their module cost roadmap from 2007 to 2014. The impact on future cost / PVkWh clearly remains positive.