The solar photovoltaics business: Has its time arrived?

A roof top solar photovoltaic system in a city in Switzerland is typical of the example of market growth that is especially strong for solar PV-the grid-connected sector.Click here to enlarge imageAs we know, the sun is responsible for most of the earth's energy in one way or another. Plant photosynthesis provides the basis of our fossil fuels such as coal and oil. At the same time, heat from the sun is again indirectly responsible for other common forms of renewable energy, such as wind and wave power.Solar power, in its accepted working definition, is the supply of energy directly from the sun. It is made up of two very distinct technologies, solar thermal and solar electricity.Th...

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