Chicago Tribune, Gerry Smith.
.."We have been frustrated over the years that solar has not become more
mainstream," said Kevin Lynch, who trains electricians to install solar
panels for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. "We
understand it's still a relatively expensive technology, but the cost is
much less than it was a few years ago."
Indeed, the biggest obstacle to the growth of solar energy — its
cost — has started to decline. The price of photovoltaic solar panels
dropped more than 40 percent last year due to a glut in global supply,
according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
The drop in
price is driving renewed interest in solar energy, said Howard Learner,
executive director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center. (more)