I was surprised to learn in last Thursday’s lecture that only three percent of the United States (US) consumption of energy is attributed to non-hydroelectric renewable energy sources. With little prior knowledge about energy usage in the
After searching around the web for news articles related to this topic I stumbled upon an article that addresses the affects the economic recession is having upon the solar industry.
According to an article published in the Los Angeles Times a few weeks ago the recession is having some immediate negative effects on the renewable energy sector, particularly for solar companies. The private start-up company, OptiSolar, Inc., which builds utility-scale solar farms, is now facing difficulties in receiving funding, forcing them to lay off nearly 280 out of 600 employees in their
Additionally, economic woes have delayed the construction of a 550 megawatt solar farm in
The EAP, amended in 2008, recognizes solar energy to be the most important source of renewable energy for
Unfortunately, the economic recession does appear to be putting a halt on renewable energy investments. It’s a shame that at the height of such excitement over clean forms of energy unexpected economic constraints may control the future direction of energy projects.
 Maria Dickerson, "future cloudy for California solar farm," The Los Angeles Times, January 13, 2009. Available at: http://www.latimes.com/news/science/environment/la-fi-optisolar13-2009jan13,0,3613875.story