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  1. H. E. Taylor

    H. E. Taylor Guest

    2005/09/18: ClimateArk: Panel shortage snags solar system sellers
    Renewable-energy programs overseas cause local shortage of supplies and drive up prices

    Southern Nevada has plenty of sunshine and solar power, but companies installing solar
    power systems are dealing with a shortage of photovoltaic panels.

    Photovoltaic panels, which typically are made of silicon, can convert sunlight directly
    into electricity, and Nevada is encouraging installation of more photovoltaic systems to
    reduce power use.

    Under state law, Nevada Power Co. of Las Vegas gives residential, commercial and
    small-business customers a rebate of $3 for each watt of electricity produced by
    photovoltaic panels.

    At the same time, Germany and Spain are offering their citizens financial incentives for
    installing solar systems, too, and that has created a shortage and driven up prices, said
    Chris Brooks, renewable energy director at Bombard Electric Co., a large electrical
    contracting company.

    Spain has budgeted the equivalent of $832 million for its renewable-energy program
    and set a goal of increasing the renewable-energy use to 12.1 percent by 2010, up from
    6.9 percent at the end of last year, reported Renewable Energy Access, an online
    renewable-energy news site.

    "The demand is high and, as a result of high demand, there is a long lead time for this
    product," said Bob Balzar, renewable energy and conservation program director at
    Nevada Power and its sister company, Sierra Pacific Power Co. of Reno.
    "Manufacturers are working very hard to keep up with demand."

    The shortage in photovoltaic systems has boosted prices 15 percent to 20 percent over
    two years, Brooks said, although earlier this year he had expected prices for
    photovoltaic systems to decline.

  2. Bob Eldred

    Bob Eldred Guest

    That's great, nothing spurs R and D and production like demand. If demand is
    there solutions and product will follow.
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