The year 2016 was an eventful one for home building.
Falling PV costs making subsidies unnecessary in Europe
Solar installations grew by one-third in 77 U.S. communities in 2013
Solar photovoltaics are now cost-effective in many European countries even without public support. A recent article in The Financial Times quotes Jason Channell of Citigroup as saying: “We’re at a point now where demand starts to be driven by cold, hard economics rather than by subsidies, and that is a game changer.” An analysis of remodeling and construction permit data from 77 municipalities around the United States reveals that solar installations — primarily photovoltaic rather than solar thermal — grew by a third last year alone.