There is no projected year for the United States, unlike China (claiming they will double their solar capacity by the end of this year). However, a loan appropriated in June by the federal government – to the tune of $150 million – will reduce manufacturing costs significantly and “halving the cost of solar power.” In addition, it should produce in the range of 700 to 1,000 megawatts of silicon-based wafers each year, which will pay huge dividends in the short-term.
In the United States, solar energy production increased by 17% in 2007 alone, which brought it to nearly 9,000 megawatts total. A study (see link below) finds that solar power could provide 10% of US energy needs by 2025, which means nearly 50,000 megawatts of solar photovoltaic systems.
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