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Solar Energy Trade Reports Are Bright

According to a new report, U.S. Solar Energy Trade Assessment 2011, prepared for SEIA, the production of solar products and installations making significant strides. Here are some key findings:

  • The U.S. is a significant net exporter of solar energy products with total net exports of $1.9 billion in 2010.
  • The U.S. is a net exporter to China by more than $240 million.
  • The largest solar energy export product is polysilicon, the feedstock for crystalline silicon photovoltaics, of which the U.S. exported $2.5 billion in 2010.
  • The second largest solar energy export product is PV capital equipment, the manufacturing equipment for PV products, of which the U.S. exported $1.4 billion in 2010.
  • The largest solar energy import product is the PV module, of which the U.S. imported $2.4 billion in 2010.
  • The number of U.S. solar energy installations in 2010 created a combined $6.0 billion in direct value, of which $4.4 billion (74%) accrued to the U.S.
  • 82% ($3.6 billion) of the domestic value created by solar in the U.S. came from the PV sector
  • 9% ($419 million) came from the concentrating solar sector
  • 9% ($400 million) came from the solar heating and cooling sector

For more, view the first quarter solar market insight report.


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For Raina Brett Russo, taking care of the environment is a necessity, not an option. Having grown up in Israel, a place where conservation is required and solar hot water heating is the norm, Raina knows the importance of solar energy. Through her work with the EcoOutfitters.net team, Raina found a way to help grow the solar industry in a significant way. As the founder and host of #SolarChat, a bi-monthly "gathering" on Twitter, Raina and her team have created an engaged solar think-tank community that comes together regularly for collaboration and networking with the ultimate goal in mind of spreading the solar message.

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