I write this message from a plane leaving DC and heading home to Colorado, finishing up a whirlwind month of meetings with federal decision makers, workforce and regulatory partners and funders. As you read this, I am in my first days as the new president and CEO of IREC. Wow! What a privilege and honor it is to lead this great organization as we continue to work for a clean energy future.
Jane Weissman will step down as IREC president and CEO on June 30, after leading the national non-for-profit since 1994. The IREC Board of Directors has appointed Larry Sherwood, currently IREC vice president and COO, to take over the organization’s leadership position.
It may not be news that U.S. solar energy markets continued to boom last year. In fact, solar installations accounted for 31 percent of all electric power installations in 2013. It is always interesting, however, to look at public data for insight into why and how – what the trends and challenges are – the drivers of the growing solar markets. After collecting and analyzing available data for the seventh year, as author of IREC’s recently published U.S. Solar Market Trends 2013, the answer is quite clearly a combination of factors.
The drivers of the booming U.S. solar installation market are addressed in a nationally recognized annual report on solar installation trends released today by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).